Is it that severely simple (?); cut off from complication, exempt from misunderstanding, the truth about love; His love??? (John 3: 6)
He put His love on full display.
And what a display it was--and what a love; the betrayal, the beating, the lies, the trial, that struggle to the cross and His haunting silhouette hanging there. It has been discussed, mocked, studied, told, foretold, hated and marveled at by countless humanity. It has been explained and rebutted. It is so very large, yet so strikingly simple.
And I was remembering how in the garden when it all went down that day, how they remembered His words from before: ".........if you eat of the fruit of this tree you will surely die", but they ate it anyway. And I wondered at His use of the pronoun "you" shall surely......." because, as my heart beats quicker, I embrace again with both horror and glee that at that moment of decision and consumption the clock began to tick and tock for a day when He, too, would surely die----for us. What love!
And it has taken such a long, long time, it seems, to "see it" more clearly. Like a child who doesn't realize, until too much later, how much their parents loved them, I find myself moving into these last hours of 2014 with wonder over His true love........ and hope for mine.
And among my fondest hopes for 2015, this is the one that is catching my imagination and desire more than any other; A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 3:34) and then this; By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, IF you love one another.
To be known as His own, what an idea...what a hope! And if all of my life came to a screeching halt and 2015 wasn't mine after all, would I leave joy drowned in the knowledge that He loves me? And would the loftiest new goal in my small life be accomplished this far; to love as He loves me? Have I loved well? Can I love truer and better, like HIM?
His love Is too good to be true, yet it is true. My hope for 2015 is Love.
Happy New Year!