“The two stood facing each other. God robed in light, each thread glowing. Satan canopied in evil, the very fabric of his robe seeming to crawl.
Satan rose slowly off his haunches. Like a wary wolf, he walked a wide circle toward the desk until he stood before the volume and read the word: Immanuel.
Immanuel? Satan muttered to himself. God with us? Satan’s hooded head turned squarely toward the face of God the Father.
NO. Not even you would do that. Not even you would go so far. The plan is bizarre! You don’t know how dark I’ve made the Earth. It’s putrid. It’s evil. It’s…
It is mine, proclaimed the King. And I will reclaim what is mine. Why: Satan asked. Why would you do this?
The Father’s voice was deep and soft… Because I love them.”
( Max Lucado…Cosmic Christmas)
Because I love them is a phrase that rolls off our tongues with ease. For there are many that we love, husbands, wives, children, grandchildren and friends. But this statement from the lips of God means so very much more than that.
Wrapped up in it is the Mystery of Grace that speaks of a ransom paid in blood, a ransom paid in full…a legacy of love from the edge of eternity past.
There is more to the phrase…Because I love them… I chose to die so they might live, said JESUS. And for those who believe in this Death of God, there is life eternal with HIM. I have learned to love the Word of God and let it dwell in me richly. The word of God has etched upon my mind the Look of HIM whom I crucified. Yet when our eyes meet, I see only HIS love for me.
Through His pure atoning Grace, He came to die that I might live. You and I have never been loved like this before.
Yes, God loves us humans and offers Salvation to all that would come to His SON JESUS in Repentance through the ONE Way of His Sons Cross.
We are a people called to remember both His Birth, His Life and His Cross. One event could not happen without the others. The three events together guarantee the fourth event…His Return and Reign.
Blessed are those who are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.
They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Revelation 21:1, 3-5.
Barbra Streisand sang one of my favorite songs called… “There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us. Take my hand and I’ll take you there, take my hand and we’re almost there. Somewhere, Somehow, we’ll find a new way of living, we’ll find a way of forgiving…Somewhere.”
We were all made for one person and one place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place. I look forward to worshiping our King very soon with you and with the Holy Angels…. Forever and Ever…. AMEN.