John 15:9, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love”
The Bible (the breathed Word of God) declares God to be great in various ways that surpass our hyperbolic language. The apostle Paul described the Lord as “dwelling in the light which no man can approach” (1 Timothy 6:16). God truly is great. If somehow we could begin to grasp the greatness of the infinite Creator, we would be astonished. So, by what means can we use to measure how great our God truly is?
I submit to you that God’s Heart is the most fitting way to measure His greatness. When we consider the depths of our sinfulness and unworthiness, we marvel at God’s heart for us, mortal sinners. Romans 5:8 tells us, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Oh my, what an expression of His love! John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
What a demonstration of His love! We were so lost, so very cut off from the life of God, that we were dead in our trespasses and sins. Yet, God in His infinite mercy raised us up together in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6). The greatness of God’s love is the measure of His heart. The measure of His heart is the greatness of our God. Someone has expressed this well in verse:
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean day.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky.
My brethren, how does this truth touch us? If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things” (1 John 3:20). God is greater than our weaknesses and failing, greater than all our sin. “He that cometh from above is above all” (John 3:31). We should marvel at His greatness, bow before His greatness because our God is great and greatly to be praised! Amen. Amen.
God’s love for us is so deep that we have a very hard time comprehending it. It reaches down to us through the darkness of this sinful and wicked world, even though we are hopelessly underserving. The Bible says that before God created our planet, He had decided to display the depth of His love for us through His Son’s death on the cross (1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8).
In my own imagination, I look back over time and see the Lord raising mountains to majestic heights, cutting valleys for flowing rivers, and stretching our vast plains. I envision Him creating the mighty oceans and beautiful lakes. Then I see Him pause and reflect on the goodness of His creation. He gazes at that part of the world where His Son will be born. He knows that Jesus will be rejected and crucified. With a sweep of His hand He could obliterate the world and spare His Son from the agony of the cross. But He doesn’t
Because of God’s eternal love, the Son came to earth and was slain. On Calvary He died to pay the penalty for our sins. In John 3:16 we read, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” To think that the Creator who made and upholds everything has focused His redemptive love on tiny creatures like us, and sinful ones at that! My brethren, He cherishes us individually as if each one were the sole object of His fatherly attention. It’s amazing, as the Apostle Paul testified, that Christ Jesus “loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Oh, how great is our God and His love for us!
In creation we see God’s hand; in redemption we see His heart