March 23, 2013

An Edmonds Kind of Day

A beautiful Sunday afternoon proposal: "Let's go to Edmonds" says my hubby. "Eeeee!! Really?!" I respond. It was chilly, it reminded us of when we were newlyweds, t'was pure joy. Santi didn't really show a lot of enthusiasm, but I'm pretty darn-tootin' sure that he thought it was the coolest place he has ever been to in his entire life.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)

Imagine You create a world, and put people in it. It's a perfect, beautiful, flawless world of abundance. You give these people one rule. They break it. One rule! And they fall, they disobey. This perfect world is now stained. The people get worse, disobey more, and you realize how much they need a Savior - a fresh start. Your heart aches as you come to this realization. It has to be your child, your only child, that suffers and dies so that all of whom you created can live. Your only son. Picture him. You let him feel unfathomable pain, be beaten, tortured, ridiculed. You let him die. So that others may live.

Sacrificial love. We are sometimes able to say, "I would take a bullet for you" to a loved one. We can somewhat comprehend what it's like to love someone so much that we would give our life for them. But what God did was even BIGGER than that, more profound, surprising, hard to grasp. It's like He said, "I'll give my Son, to take a bullet for every (sinful, wicked, rude, lying, cheating, stealing, flawed, depressed, lost, hurt, sad, empty) man and woman on this entire planet."

It's the most incredible example of unconditional love that we will ever know. And yet, so many of us still turn our backs to Him, we still deny His existence, we still curse His name, we still hold sin's hand and not His. All the while, He never stops loving is. We need to turn our eyes upon our Lord and Savior, and accept this magnificent gift of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.

Praise God for His eternal love. Thank You, Father!

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