I have been a passenger on earth for 6o orbits, somehow I thought I would be closer to God and know more about God than I do right now. Humor would help at this moment, an old person joke of some kind, not now OK, but I will assume most of you are younger than I. The one thing you have to know and grow in is, how much God loves you. I have never gotten to the bottom or sides of his love. The other happenings and blessings in life are a bonus to God’s LOVE.
Even when it seems God is far away the truth is, His love and mercy endures forever. Bible knowledge is wonderful. If you want your cup to overflow with His love, meditate on how much God has shown His love to you and all of us.
To know God and walk with Him is to know love. If you are full of God’s love there is not as much room for sin to derail you. God’s love includes a place for hate too hate is not inconsistent with love.
God’s hate is focused on death which sin introduced to us. God’s Love stomped this deadly foe with His love for us. God’s love is not a wimpy sentiment, but an all-powerful life giving, irrevocable, life improving, change agent whose work will endure into eternity.
On the cross of Jesus, there were several basic events on display. These events are interdependent, so one cannot be more important than the other is. Jesus had fulfilled the law and all its requirements when he said, “It is finished.” Jesus was 100% human He bled and died.
Jesus asked for forgiveness to be given to his persecutors, this is part of his mission and a foundation to reconciliation of relationship to God. Jesus was not immune from the separation sin causes; Father and Spirit forsook Jesus when Jesus became sin for you and me.
I am quite sure there are many other events displayed at the cross, this was never intended to be an exhaustive list. I have never heard this taught but I will share this. The thought is that if Jesus did not became human he would not have had the weakness in him to die for our sin.
In his God state, he could not be killed or judged or die to pay for all sin, he had to become vulnerable as a human, an offspring of a woman. The other seed which came together in Mary was Spirit, not a man providing Jesus’ God attribute.
Emmanuel is God with us in flesh, yes, God walking around in skin. Therefore, Jesus has the unique makeup of being 100% God and 100% man at the same moment in time. This is how God kept the law to live a perfect life. This is how God allowed love to hold him to the cross as no nail or judgment of man could hold Jesus on the cross, but his love for his father and us could.
One of the overlooked events in the cross account is the resurrection! Jesus was crucified, dead, not almost dead, completely dead, while in that death Jesus took up life again showing his true God powers over life and resurrection. If you join God’s family, we are resurrected into his life everlasting and given his family name. All we had to do is trade in death to get life everlasting.
Our access to heaven 100% based on the life Jesus has already lived perfectly and given to each believer in Christ. Because of this every person who has accepted God’s gift will be in heaven based on Jesus’s perfect life being added to each of his children. This is the gospel. All this was provided through the weakness of one man named Jesus, who was not rich as this world counts richness but shared the wealth he had with each and every person who will deal with him in true humility which is our weakness.
In my weakness, becoming a believer in Christ through his gift, i found there is bountiful and rich sources of God’s help. When God gave Abraham his covenant promise that many would be blessed through his seed, it was Jesus in particular and the gospel in general that completed this covenant. Abraham was unable to walk through the sacrificed animal parts to complete the promise, Abraham saw God walk alone to make the promise in a vision.
This indicates that only God could unilaterally love us enough to send is very own sacrifice so that we could regain relationship with God, God would share his home heaven with us. God and God alone made the promise and paid the price for restoring our relationship with him. Not Human good behavior, but God’s perfect behavior.
I did a modification of the first 3 rules of Real estate, location, location, location. Location is the definitive measuring stick of value to the property you have for sale. In Christianity it is something else altogether. As a Christian the first three rules of being a Christian would be always founded on this truth found in Romans 8.
The first three rules for a believer in Christ are these:
1) No condemnation
2) No condemnation
3) No condemnation
This is God’s measuring stick, Provided by God, Lived by God, Gifted to all who accept the love by God. This is the value of being one of God’s children. This is why God’s children are valuable and worthy of life. Yes, even on a horrid day.
Read Romans 7, then focus on Romans 8: 1-2 for my source. Just have to love God and his good news on this one! Now this is beginning to understand what it means to be first loved by God. While being loved by God you are taking steps into learning about life and life, more abundant as God has said it would be as a believer in Christ.
This is our hope in Christ Jesus: he took up life from death. He wants to do the same for you. We are born with a death sentence on our head, only God can Save us from this curse. If you have not had an encounter with the love of Jesus, then ask Jesus for an encounter with him, he is with you. We are naturally blind to God and His help. Jesus has been calling you your entire life ever so gently but consistently.
God’s love beckons you wherever you are. God calls the unbeliever into fellowship with him, and the believer into closer fellowship with him. The unbeliever whom God invites to his family, but the unbeliever must decide to accept the invitation as God gives it. If you are a believer God calls you to be a walk continually closer with him, again the believer has to accept the invitation.
The commonness of both invitations is this, if you humble yourself and accept God’s offer, you will be humbled and then lifted up by God. If the decision is not to accept God’s offer we will become prideful and fall away from God’s uplifting love.
God humbled himself on the cross to show you how much he loves you. Are you willing to humble self and walk humbly with God, the way Jesus has walks humbly for and with you? God is true life and love.