“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.” John 3.14-17
Oh how we see the heart of God in this created universe! Father, Son, Spirit eternally existing in perfect union, perfect love, perfect relationship, perfect satisfaction and some 6,000 or 7,000 years ago, they create this world.
There is no need, nothing missing, no lack, no “hole” to fill. They literally exist in a perfect scenario. Yet, God speaks creation into existence anyway. And they create the most wonderful and awesome universe imaginable! And then He creates humankind in Their image to share it and care for it. He creates to share Himself; His perfect glory and majesty, His perfect creativity and power, His perfect love and grace with a creation designed to admire and adore Him through it.
All of this, while perfectly aware of the great cost and great pain this creation would bring Him. All of this, with the entry of sin into His most wonderful and awesome universe on His mind. All of this, with the decay, total wreckage and complete perversity of His intentions for life on His mind. All of this, with the understanding that He would be required to experience this destruction, volunteer to accept full punishment and consequential death in order to fix it…
All of this on His mind from the very beginning.
Who would do this? It makes so sense to create something you do not need and that you know will bring the greatest pain imaginable. So who would do this?
None, but a God so full of love that He doesn’t need us to love Him. He wants to love us. He wants to share His love with us that we might share it with others, and reciprocate the love we have received.
God, forgive me for not loving as you have loved me. Give me your heart to WANT to love others. To death.
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