// When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory. And I realize just how beautiful you are, and how great your affections are for me. //

How He Loves: John Mark McMillan

Love is Jesus.

We’re here again, closing yet another series. We’ve learned many things about love. We’ve only scratched the surface of it. Catch up with our previous posts: Reckless Love, Tough Love, & Relentless Love.

Love makes us crazy. Love is a call to action. Love pursues. How can love do all these things? It’s like love is a person. We’d have to agree with that. Love is a person. His name? Jesus. In the New Testament of the Bible, we have a new hero entering the arena. A simple carpenter with a notorious track record with stirring up trouble everywhere he went. Rumors that people were being changed simply by meeting him. Who does he think he is? He sounds like a god. That’s it. He must be supernatural. But why does he look like you & me?

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

‭‭John‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Ok. That still doesn’t explain being “god-like”…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

‭‭John‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So… Jesus is God?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Now you’ve got me twisted!

In the next couple of statements, we hope to reveal the truth. We know there are some that may argue this not to be true. For those people, we’d like to say “you’re right.” If it’s against your pastoral teaching we’d like to say “you’re right.” We ask you to read the word for yourself & come up with that conclusion for yourself. We’re here simply as commentary & hope to give you a new perspective. With that out of the way let’s uncover some truth.

John describes a man being the word made flesh. He also describes the word to be God. This has always been even from the beginning of time. Now, in the beginning, there was a Father & a son. (There was also Holy Spirit. But that’s for another time.) So now this Father gave his son? What does that mean “gave?” What type of father would give his son away?

Here is told the greatest love story of all. Love is a sacrifice. Matthew 27: 32- 56 gives us this story in detail. We want to cover this in months to come. But for now, we’ll give the “cliff note” version.

To understand the whole picture you see a man riding in on a donkey in Mark 11. A celebration for a king! From there we hear of betrayal, last words, & a stir in the land. We see Jesus showing compassion to all those around him. Even those who mocked & accused him. To love your enemy is a love we don’t comprehend.

We travel along and come to the worst persecutors that sentenced Jesus to death. While this may seem abrupt, remember this is cliff note version. A lot has been going on behind the scenes. Now Jesus has been beaten to a pulp. Unrecognizable. Took up a cross & walked out this sentence until the end.

Placed on the cross to die, he saw you. Right here. Right now. He had every opportunity to flee. But he stayed. For you. He stayed. There he took his final breath & died.

Now you may be thinking, what does this have to do with me? Why is this unconditional? Still doesn’t sound fatherly. Jesus had authority to move the Heavens. He sacrificed himself in pain & agony. Born the weight of the world’s sin. Past, present, future. For you, He stayed.

Because of this sacrifice, we can enter into the kingdom of God. Eternity with hope. Eternity with love. To be unconditional means He did it for you not expecting anything in return.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You see we all have a choice now. A choice to love. We can love others. We can love ourselves. We can love Jesus. Accepting Jesus with an understanding that He died & rose again. It releases you into a freedom you never knew. To make Him a priority in your life as Lord & Savior.

You see God loves the world. His creation. Because of sin. It became corrupt. It’s still that way today. Jesus was a man without sin. He struggled like we do. But remained without blemish. His death turned over the kingdom of darkness because of His sacrifice.

No father or parent today could imagine giving up their child for someone else. We can barely sacrifice ourselves for someone else without getting something in return. It wasn’t easy. God gave his son, because he loves you. You were worth it. A Father that loves all his children. Even though there are those in the world today who don’t love Him back.

This may be a deep & confusing topic for you. You may be struggling inside & want to know more. That’s ok. In the months to come, we want to explore this on a deeper level. If this is something you just can’t wait. Please contact us. Even just to ask a question.

Unconditional love is found in Jesus. Because regardless of where you are in your relationship with Him. Whether you know Jesus or not. He’s ok with your past. He doesn’t love you for what you’ve done right or wrong in your life up to this point. He loves you. He will always love you. He loves you for you. He died for you. He chooses you. He loves you.

You are loved.

We hope this series has captured your heart. Shown you some types of love you may not have known very well. We have 5 weeks in the month of March, meaning something special is coming. Stay tuned in. You won’t want to miss it!

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