Love Beyond Measure
“. . . by his wounds you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
As we stand at the empty tomb and look back to Calvary, one lesson stands out. We should not apply to the heart of Jesus the measure of our own stingy little hearts. Our hearts are mean-spirited, judgmental, and cold. If we make Jesus like us, He would be fussy over little offenses, unable to forget the wrongs of others, and always desiring to get even with those around Him. If we were to make Him as we are at our worst, we would never be able to comprehend His goodness, His patience and compassion, we would never know how gentle and extravagant He really is.
Jesus turned His words into flesh and blood so that we might see what He was preaching, “he who has seen me has seen the Father.” He alone knows the Father. From His example, we learn the heart of the Father is a heart of welcoming love, unconditional acceptance, a relentless heart for humanity that so outstrips our human experience, that Via Dolorosa, Gethsemane, Golgotha and the tomb are only a taste of the depth of His love for us. Let that sit in your spirit. All of the suffering of Jesus is only a taste of the Father’s love. The force of our faith is the unshakable confidence that beyond this taste of God’s love, lies love beyond measure.
The love of the Father is deeper than you can imagine. Take some time of silence and solitude, ask Jesus to make you more aware of the love of God.