The love Jesus has for us carries such weight that He left Heaven’s perfect atmosphere, free of suffering and lack, to deliver us. He left the place where He was never separated from His Father all because of love for us.
Jesus left Heaven’s home and clothed Himself as a child in humility. A baby cannot survive without its parents, and Jesus–fully God–also became fully man, subjecting Himself to this dire vulnerability.
All for love Christ faced need, weakness, hunger and humility. And then He faced pain, betrayal, persecution and suffering unto the death of the Cross.
Not simply by the pain of the Cross, but also by the life-taking blow of sin, Jesus went through the very worst of the worst compared to any other. It wasn’t that He experienced pain greater than all, but it was that He was the only one who would take upon Himself the sins of all that they may be free.
This was a burden no human could survive being placed upon them. It was the weight of sin that took His life. In willingly giving up His life the Father resurrected Him as the firstborn of the dead so that we too could reign in live with Him.
As we finish the season in which we have celebrated the remembrance of His birth, take time to ponder on His humility, expressed in His first coming and the journey to the Cross.
Think of the trials of pain and the weight of sin. Meditate on the separation Jesus experienced from the Father because the Father so holy had to turn His face from the sin that covered His Son for a moment as He took it to pay the cost of our redemption.
The cry of Jesus’ heart for our restoration surpassed the pain before Him. The Son, Father and Holy Spirit didn’t want Heaven without us. Our relationship restored as it was before sin entered the world was priority. Wow!
The Trinity is a fellowship of love. The Father, Son and Spirit are love and love us beyond comprehension.
What response does this draw from the depths of our hearts? How does this stir our souls?
May it cause us to more passionately pursue the Lord. Take time to discover more and more the very heights and depths of this love. Father, touch our hearts even more tangibly with Your love and remind our souls of Your goodness as we journey through this new year.
“May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”
– Ephesians 3:17-19 (AMPC)