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God so loves.
God so loves the world.
God so loves the world that He gave.
God so loves the world that He gave His one and only Son.
This love is foreign to me. I still can’t quite get my mind around God’s love because it’s quite unlike any love I’ve ever experienced. But like a giddy, first-time tourist trying to absorb the language and culture and beauty of a place I’ve only seen in magazines, I’m in awe of what I now behold firsthand. When it comes to God, I’m in awe. His love takes my breath away.
God responds rightly when angered. God does not retaliate when scorned. God tenderly embraces the sinner while tenaciously rejecting the sin. God is perfectly patient and perfectly kind. God is always faithful even when I am faithless. God helps the helpless. God cheers the losers and victors alike. God loves us all. His is a gracious, merciful, holy love. And because He is holy, and because we are not, God demonstrates His own love toward us sinners in this humbling way: Christ died for us.
Is Jesus our main focus?
Recently, I spoke of our constant need to consider Jesus as the true source of strength, purpose, love, joy, and life. To illustrate this point I mentioned an interesting visual phenomenon.
There is a spinning square with a red dot in the center. There are also three yellow dots, equidistance from the red dot. If one keeps staring at the red dot in the center, then the yellow dots seem to disappear. Though the yellow dots remain, the focus is now so narrow that the red dot is all one sees.
From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took Him aside and … Continue reading →
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of Him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come … Continue reading →
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great … Continue reading →