Love existed before we did. Before people, animals, plants, oceans and continents. Everything exits because of Love. I believe the world was created on a foundation of love. Love is the core of existence. And God is love. People try to explain it. Define it. Use science to sum it all up. Here’s a definition for you. God is love. Humanity is built on the essence of Love. God so loved the world. He gave because He loved. He created because he Loved. He provided because He loved.
I’ve been searching the Scripture, a book with Love as it’s basis. And then I hit the streets. The things I have come to learn the past years are horrifying.
This world is an ugly place. It’s broken. Full of hatred. It’s lost. And it’s yearning. Crying. Begging for the love of a Father.
He’s calling you. He’s calling me. Opening His arms, saying. “I love you.” The thing is, His love never fails. People may fail you. And hurt you. Shame you. Betray you. But His love never fails. Never gives up. And it will never run out on you. Your boyfriend/girlfriend or parent or friend may have, but God will NEVER run out on you.
Most people struggle with the idea that the greatest of love was shown through capital punishment. That’s what makes this unconditional, outrageous love. Jesus said He was love, then proved it with His blood.
In those days, crucifixion was a favourite Roman Punishment. For insurrectionists, slaves and prisoners of war. Jesus wasn’t any of it. But it started with a tree, and it ended with a tree. Jesus wasn’t the second Adam. He was the Last Adam.
Above all, Jesus is a revolutionary. A visionary. Jesus is a King. The King of Kings. A King of Love. He doesn’t come to proclaim a brand new religion. An easy religion. This has nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with a new kingdom. A new way of living. A kingdom lifestyle.
Jesus’ revolution, is a revolution of Peace. He doesn’t advocate the use of violence. Just remember when one of his disciples pulled out a sword to protect Jesus from arrest? He meant well, but Jesus didn’t advocate it. He healed the enemy. He healed the man who was taking Him to His own death. I still wonder if the man who was healed, thought Jesus should die after the miracle. If he turned his life around after that. Usually after such an encounter with God, it’s difficult to go back to your old ways of thinking and doing. Jesus looked at them with Love and compassion. Even when He knew exactly what was going to happen to Him.
He leads a revolutionary revolution. In a path of love, healing, justice and reconciliation, Jesus appropriates and transforms the symbol of their power into a symbol of His great Power. He makes the cross not the icon of violent domination, but the reverse. By hanging on the cross and speaking forgiveness, Jesus shows that there is a greater power at work in the world; than the power of domination; it’s the power of God’s saving and reconciling love. His unconditional, outrageous, furious, unending love.
When I look at the life of Jesus, I don’t see weakness. I don’t see a victim. Instead I ser bravery. I see strength. I see selflessness. I see forgiveness. And the same strength and love he has, has been placed inside of us. He lives in you. He lives in me. (Cue Lion King theme song). And if He lives in us, then His love should dominate our lives. It should take over. We should be know as a generation who loves to Love.
Love and Blessings