It’s ironic that God is teaching me about His love right after my album “This is Love” came out! I’ve been learning so much, and I can’t just keep it all to myself!
So this past weekend (Oct 13-16, 2016) my family and I traveled around Vermont for 4 days doing 5 different events – one being opening for Chris August and Jonny Diaz on their Pieces tour at the Rocktober Fest in Burlington! There was a song in Chris Augusts’ set that hit me hard and has been echoing in my heart since that night – it’s his latest single called “Pieces” (written by Amanda Cook). This song talks about exactly what Gods love for us looks like, and as Chris was singing the chorus of this song – “You don’t give Your heart in pieces. You don’t hide Yourself to tease us.” – I felt the presence of God in that room so clearly. It was like He was giving great big hugs to those who were finally, for the first time, understanding His great love for them.
Now, as we’re driving from Vermont all the way to Arizona for the Hope Fest this weekend in Prescott (Oct 22), I’m continuing in reading a book I’ve been working through by Nancy Leigh DeMoss called “Brokenness – Surrender – Holiness,” and God is continuing what I’m learning through the song about His love in this last section I read. Here’s the part that stuck out to me the most:
“Jesus came to earth expressly to do the will of God, which required that He offer up His body as a
sacrifice. Never for a single moment did He ever resist the will of His Father…”
“…’But what about Gethsemane?’ you say. ‘Did not Jesus struggle against the will of God as He faced the cross?’ To the contrary, next to the cross itself, Gethsemane is the supreme illustration of Jesus’ surrender while here on this earth. Shortly before going to Gethsemane to pray, Jesus predicted His imminent death. Then He said, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name!” (John 12:27-28 NIV)
Before He ever set foot in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus had settled the issue; indeed, the issue had been settled before He ever set foot on this planet. In eternity past, He had surrendered Himself to the will of God – to become the Sin-Bearer for all mankind. When Jesus knelt in the garden and “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cried and tears to the One Who could save Him from death” (Hebrews 5:7 NIV), He was not expressing resistance to the will of God; rather He was expressing full surrender to the will of God.
The anguish the Lord Jesus experienced as He sweated drops of blood was that He Who had never once disobeyed His Father, He Who loved His Father and had been by His Father’s side for all of eternity (Proverbs 8:30), He Who delighted to do the will of His Father (Psalm 40:8), He Who “loved righteousness and hated lawlessness” (Hebrews 1:9) – was about to become sin – the very thing He knew His Father hated!…”
“…So He cried out, in effect, “O Father, my Holy Father, I’ve lived to please You. And because I love You, if it’s possible, let this cup pass from Me so that I will not have to be sin, so that I will not have to be separated from You.”
Did you get the impact of that?
Here’s what I’m getting at: Jesus was in Gethsemane in anguish because He was about to become the very thing His Father hated…..because He loves us. For God so loved the world He gave His only Son (John 3:16). Jesus endured separation from His holy Father because He loves us so fiercely – He gave His life so that we could be with Him!
He didn’t give Himself in pieces. He gave Himself wholly and completely on the cross. Unashamed, unreserved, unrestrained, uncontrolled, uncontained, unconditional, overwhelming, undeserving, passionate, proud, openhanded, present, faithful, honorable, selfless and pure – those are only mere words we can attempt to use to describe the amazing love of our Lord.
There’s another side to this lesson though. I’m not just learning about His love, I’m also learn how to love. How Jesus loves me, is how I’m supposed to love others (John 13:34). So I’m supposed to love everyone unconditionally, faithfully, without strings attached, with no thought to myself, without hindrences, without excuses, wildly, passionately, without a troubled mind, without anxiety, never disengaged, always present, honoring what’s sacred, not insecure….but wholly and purely.
Just like Jesus, we shouldn’t give our hearts to others in pieces.
Now as most of you know, I just recently got engaged, and I’m no expert on love but I’m pretty sure you and I just learned everything we need to know about marriage!😉 God has given us the greatest example of how we’re supposed to love others by demonstrating His love for us (Romans 5:8). And if we truly understood the gravity of this love we’re learning about, we should all be on our knees right about now.
Gods love is passionate, fierce, self-sacrificing, and willing to do whatever it takes to pour out on us.
You don’t have to earn that love. He already loves you and there is nothing – not even yourself – that can separate His love from you (Romans 8:38-39). It was one and done on the cross. So soak it in, and go out! Spread this love with all of the people around you. It’s for the sinner and the saint; it’s the reason that He came!
“We love because He first loved us.” John 4:19
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