John 15:13-16 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” NKJV
There is an overriding reality that is inescapable as we study Scripture. It leaps forth in the 66 Books of the Bible and is visible page after page and passage after passage. It is something almost impossible to explain and almost inexplicable. That of which I speak is the Incomparable and Incomprehensible Love God has for mankind!
We are His creation, but our history has been one of rejection and rebellion. He would have easily been justified in smashing the race like bugs and virtually did that saving only Noah and his family. He has demonstrated His incredible patience and willingness to give us second, third, fourth, and fiftieth changes, yet mankind continues to seek something other than Him.
The work of Christ on the Cross is a testimony of the depth of God’s love for mankind as is revealed in John 3:16. Jesus, in our text, testifies that He considers us His friends! In laying down His life, He has demonstrated the “no greater love.” Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 that God “… is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Paul wrote in Romans 8:37-39 regarding God’s love for mankind and declared that Nothing could separate us from God’s love. In Ephesians 2:4-5 he reminds us of the depth of God’s love.
God’s love is unconditional, whereas human love is conditional. If others reject us and spurn our demonstrations of love by disrespecting, disappointing, and turning their backs on us, love would not describe our feelings toward them. But with God, He loves us regardless. His unconditional love will not vacate His holiness or judgment. He has promised that if we ‘come to Him,’ He will not reject us, but if we reject Him and die in that condition, He cannot overlook our sins.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because of the inhabitants’ continual rejection. I believe God weeps over our world today. There have been at least three times in my life when I heard God weeping as I was in prayer meditating on the Word. It was one of the most disturbing experiences I have ever had. I sensed His heartbreak, and I was broken. The Omnipotent One could crush us like aluminum cans and remove us from the planet with the stroke of His finger. Yet He chooses to Love us and demonstrates longsuffering beyond human comprehension.
We can never merit that love, but through grace, He extends it. As I meditate on this today, I tremble, realizing the times I have taken His mercy for granted. How could anyone reject such incomparable love?
How? I believe that to reject God’s love, we must become so self-absorbed that our love for ourselves overpowers our reason. I believe that to reject God’s love; we must believe the Lie of the devil and elevate ourselves to be equal with God in our minds. Jesus said in John 8:32 – “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If we truly SEE the finished work of Christ on the Cross and God’s Love, we will respond and be made free.
I pray that if anyone is teetering on the fence, undecided about God, His mercy, grace, and love, you have your eyes opened and See. I pray that each of us gains spiritual sight to a greater measure and Sees God’s, Great Love!
God bless you as you go through this day!