From the desk of an Overcomer:
"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." I John 5:4,5
(3528 - nikao - conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory)
Monday, February 24, 2014
clearly show the existence or truth of (something) by giving proof or evidence.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is what separates God from man, His purposeful act of love towards His enemies.
I think that we often picture ourselves in the gospel story as loved ones who were in peril - tied up and lying on a train track with an locomotive approaching when Jesus jumps on the track and takes the hit. This makes us more desirable - helpless, hopeless, praying for a savior.
But this is not truth. A more accurate picture would be the rioting, angry crowd, pulling down the statue of their leader (which in our case would be a statue of Jesus), shaking our fists and cursing His name. Jesus then enters the crowd, we recognize Him and the intensity increases - the mob mentality sets in and He is beaten to death and while dying, God turns from Him and pours out His anger and judgment on His Son that was intended for the unruly, rebellious crowd.
That's at least closer to the truth than the damsel in distress picture.
We need an accurate picture of who we are, what sin is and what God has done for us. We are His enemy, sin is a purposeful act of rebellion and God demonstrated His love through Jesus' death. He clearly showed the existence of His love, the truth of His love by the death of His Son for sinners.
Take a deep breath and let that settle in. Don't get defensive and try to paint a prettier picture. Stop trying to be the focus of this verse and get your eyes on God. He proved His love through Christ's death. This is all about Him.
Okay, now let's turn it. Because of this great truth, what is our response? Do you love the One who first loved you? Do you love the One who loved you even when you were His enemy? Do you love the One who loved you and brought you back to life when you were dead?
If yes, then how do you demonstrate your love for Him? How do you extend love to God, to your family, to those you love, to your neighbors, and to your enemies? (The last one is the hard one…)
May the Lord give you opportunity this week to walk by faith and experience the truth of this verse!