He is jealous for me; loves like a hurricane and I am a tree, bending beneath the wind of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us, oh. Oh, how He loves us; how He loves us all!
And we are His portion and He is our Prize; drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes. If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss and my heart turns round violently inside of my chest. I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way….
One simple word can speak so much into the lives of those around us. It also happens to be one of my favorite words in the English language. Granted, I wish we had more alternatives for the word like the Greeks did, with agape being the deepest of them all.
That word alone is probably why I love Christmas so much. It’s one of the most joyous Christian holidays, a time to remember the birth of Christ our Savior. Christmas is time when we share blessing with others (this should be done all year long, not just December) and are surround by those we love.
Thing is, He wasn’t just going to die. He was going to be mocked, beaten, tortured, and then sentenced to die a slow, painful death by crucifixion. All at the hands of those He came to save.
We tend to remember the good times in life…both ours and in the life of Jesus. We love telling the Nativity story and studying His words of wisdom, reading about His acts of love and servitude, and His healing. But…but, we forget that shortly after His birth, an angel told the family to flee from Herod’s army. We forget about His suffering. We forget the price He paid, for our sins. We forget the lengths that God went to show His love. (Read Romans 5:8).
Thinking about all that leaves me in awe. God knew the very creatures He created would crucify Him for trying to save us from ourselves. He went as far as prophesying this through the prophets; the suffering He would endure. And yet…
God lowered Himself in Christ, feeling physical pain and suffering. God lowered Himself and let mere humans mock and beat Him. God, who has all the power in the universe, humbled Himself to be lower; to die at our sinful, hateful hands. (Read Hebrews 2:9).
God knew all of this would happen at the beginning of time, and yet, He loved us so immensely that He sent His Son to suffer a painful death just so we could spend eternity with our Heavenly Father (John 3:16). That is love.
God is jealous for you.
His love is like a hurricane. Picture that. Feel His waves of mercy.
And if His grace were an ocean…we’re all sinking.
My personal prayer for you: May you feel His love and sink within His grace this year. God is so worth it!