A Passionate Love
By Pastor Pat Badstibner
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. – John 12:46
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, – 2 Peter 1:3
C.S. Lewis said, “I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God Himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important.” The verses we just gave truly point to exactly what God thinks of us. They describe a Creator who recognizes that His greatest creation is condemned to spend an eternity without the comfort, awareness, peace and joy of His presence.
A great price was to be extracted and a great price was demanded in order for those He was passionate about to be rescued. The only problem was that those who were needing to be rescued could not pay the ransom nor did they know they needed to pay a ransom. They indeed were without hope, needing a deep intervention.
The greatest thing they needed was a love, a passionate love, an eternal love and a love that was real. Because Christ came those who through their striving and their relentless pursuit to be in a place they could never be were indeed given the most precious gift any man or woman had ever been given. The passionate love of God exhibited through God choosing shame in order that they would not need to know what Christ would know.
Yet, he did not just rescue them from off the trash heap of life he set them on the course that would lead to them being able to spend eternity in His presence. As he set them on that road because of the passionate love He and only He could exhibit he gave them everything they would need to live the life he had designed them to live.
Therein is the secret to the most passionate love any bride has ever known. Imagine tomorrow that a bridegroom says “I’m giving you the most expensive gift I could buy and you’re free to do whatever you want with it.” Does such love exist? Could such a love be even possible? What kind of person loves with everything expecting nothing?
A passionate lover with a passionate love that no matter what always sees His bride as beautiful. This is why Paul said, “His love empowers me, it constrains me to respond”.
Today as we celebrate Christmas may that same passionate love that came in the midst of a shameful manger drive us to cry out…
“OH GOD TEACH US TO LOVE LIKE YOU WITH SUCH A PASSIONATE FERVENT LOVE!”
From the World Prayr “Ohana” to you, our brothers and sisters in the family of Christ, we extend a deep and Merry Christmas and Happy Jesus Birthday to you.