Like it, love it, hate it, loathe it, Valentine’s Day is upon us. Today, we celebrate a made up day to focus on the anything but made up beauty of love. Some spend this day alone. Others, give or receive flowers, candies, gifts, expensive dinners, etc. If you’re like me you can skip all of that and trade it for an empty sink (having had someone else who emptied it), with an evening spent in comfy pj’s, fuzzy socks, while wrapped up in a warm blanket relaxing with the one you love. Finishing up some thoughts on Biblical waiting, I thought it only fitting on this day to discuss, Jesus’ love for us, reminding us no matter what our relationship status is we are all part loved by Him and His love for us involves the greatest love story this world has ever known, and roll through our brains the often forgotten wait that it entails.
God’s love robed in flesh
John 1:1 tells us,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 goes on to tell us,
and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
These are scriptures that tell us that we serve a God that loves us so much that He chose to wrap himself into a body to live among us. I find Him fascinating. He didn’t come to us as many would have expected – as a King. He didn’t come to us unapproachable and sitting on a throne to dictate to us what we should do. No, He came to us quietly, of no reputation, and in the form of a servant –speaking VOLUMES about the God He is! Did He have to come this way? No, but He thought enough of us to see that we were worth saving, and in His thought, He chose to become like us and to live life showing us the way to live giving us a pattern in which to follow.
Jesus’ love for us is intriguing
It is a love that is utterly impossible for our human minds to comprehend. His love for us is so strong that He came to earth knowing that in the end His own creation (the one that He was working so hard to save) was going to turn against Him. He came knowing that not everyone was going to accept Him or see Him for who He is. He came knowing that the only way to bring reconciliation to His people was sacrifice, and that sacrifice was His very own body.
Jesus’ love chose US
He knew what was to come, and yet He still chose it. Our Savior chose the rejection, endured the hurt, welcomed the pain, reached for the nails, embraced the thorns, He chose the whips, and willingly walked to the cross because He chose us. Jesus’ love for us is such that He looks at us, and the value He sees says we are worth saving, dying for, and waiting on. Our Lord, endured all of this with willingness and understanding that even in the midst of His suffering, a wait would be required of Him, a wait for our eyes to see, a wait for our hearts to trust, a wait for us to accept – a wait for us to in return, Choose Him.
Think it over:
1) Are you in a wait?
2) If you are, have you stopped to consider everything your Savior has endured for you?
3) Consider the life of our God. Meditate on His work at Calvary. Accept that his willingness to endure the cross means you can trust HIM in the midst of this wait.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Thank Him for His saving grace. Celebrate His unrelenting love. Show your gratitude for His pursuit for your soul. Tell Him you’re thankful that He makes a way while you wait. Now pray it all in the powerful name of Jesus…and wait. Your wait is not in vain.
Want to read more about Biblical waiting? Check these out!
Week 1- Who wants to wait?
Week 2 – Waiting still