Celebrating God’s Love on Easter
As Easter gets closer I begin to think of the true meaning behind it. Why we celebrate Easter. I always try to tell my children the story of Christ and his resurrection at this time of year. We read it out of the Bible, and we also read some of the Easter story books that we own. But, when I sit here and think about Easter, all I can think of is the LOVE of God. It all boils down to that one thing. LOVE!
John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Celebrating God’s Love on Easter
Acts of God’s Love
We hear all the time that God is love, and yes…yes he is. He is the very image and picture of perfect love.
The Bible says that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Some may argue that he was more of a vengeful God in the Old Testament. However, I beg to differ. He is the same. He has always been full of patience, grace, and love for his people. When I think back to the story of Sodom, and how God was determined to destroy it, I can see that love and grace he showed. But didn’t he destroy Sodom?? Yes. But Abraham petitioned for Sodom. He asked God to spare the city if there be 50 righteous found among them. Then he went further and said, What if there be 40? Abraham kept going down in his number, and then Abraham said ” Don’t be angry at me, Lord, but if there be just 10 people, will you destroy the city? And God said that he wouldn’t destroy the city if he could find even 10 people. That is just one instance of God’s grace and love. Despite the fact that he destroyed the city. He was compassionate toward Abrahams petitions.
God also showed his love for David when David took another man’s wife, and put him on the front lines to be killed. David cried out for mercy, and God forgave him. He was later called “a man after God’s own heart.”
He showed his love for the Hebrew children as he led them across the Red Sea on dry land.
There are so many instances when God showed his love throughout the Bible, but we all know that his greatest act of love was Jesus.
There is a song that is sung by Cory Asbury that says: “Oh the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God.” Honestly, when I first heard it, I was taken back a bit. I thought: “What?? God is not reckless! How dare they say that God is reckless” But, I realized that they were not talking about God, they were talking about how God shows his love to us. Sometimes it seems very reckless and unconventional. The things that he does for us are wild in our human eyes. I mean, who would take their only son, and allow him to be nailed to a cross, and die a brutal death, all for the sake of a people who are imperfect, irrational, unreliable sinners? God would. That’s who.
After listening to this song for a while, and really dwelling on the love of God, I wrote this poem:
What kind of love is this?
That you love me despite my faults.
You see all of my failures.
You see how this sinner’s soul was lost.
Yet you open your arms so wide,
so I can run and hide.
Your embrace tells me, Your love will never cease.
When I’m broken and alone,
You are ther to be my friend.
You comfort my hurting heart,
and your love it never ends.
Despite the many times I’ve failed
Despite the many times I’ve sinned
You still have those arms outstretched,
Telling me to enter in.
The Lamb of God
We call Jesus the lamb of God because he was given as a sacrifice for our sins. Johns 1:29 says this: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” It was not just his sacrifice and death that we celebrate. We celebrate his victory over death, and the eternal life that he brings to us. So, on this Easter, let’s dwell on the love that God has shown to each of us through this great act of selflessness.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8