The Love of Christ
August 20, 2017
There was an afternoon this past week when I just needed to “unplug”, and disengage the world for a couple of hours. I put in my headphones, put on some music, and took a long walk along the lake. I was wrestling with the sadness that had come with the news of thirteen people killed in Spain, and another murdered in the United States. All killed by vehicles driven by hate; one religious, the other racial.
As I walked, I thought about the depths of that kind of hatred. It is nearly incomprehensible. And then I thought of something even more incomprehensible- a love that would sacrifice everything to defeat such hatred. This is the love of Christ- a love abounding in grace, forgiveness, and justice that overcomes evil.
“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell 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…I am making everything new!” … “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers…—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” (Revelation 21:4-8)