I like it when my husband says to me, “I love you.” Frequently I will ask him, “How much do you love me?” and he will reply with, I love you elventy-times-seven. Then I will ask, “How much is eleventy-times-seven?” And his answer to this question has always been the word, MORE. I get it! I am loved.
How much does Jesus love us? How much does Jesus love me? That is a finite question with an infinite answer because the love of Jesus will never stop and His love for me is infinitely more.
It was almost three o’clock and the sky was black,–as black as the gloom that hovered over the little group clustered around the cross–when Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” What was finished?
Only Jesus knew the full weight of the words He spoke. Jesus, our great High Priest, had become “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”–and in so doing He had finished paying the ultimate sacrifice for His people’s sins. Pursuit of Joy by Dr. Paul Kooistra
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8
One of my favorite blogs to read is written by my friend, Amy. The blog is called, Frankly Journaling, and you can find it here.Amy asked her children, “How much does Jesus love us?” and the answer her young son, Colsen, gave is profound…”More-ther than the house is big; more-ther than the city is wide.” He gets it! He is loved.
I remember hearing my mom play this timeless hymn, “The Love of God” (by Frederick M.Lehman) on the piano when I was a child. The following lyrics resonate…
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 dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure–
The saints’ and angels’ song.
|Thanks to Bethany and Taryn for this photo|