Just How Much Love?

Imagine that you are drowning; about to go down for the third time. You’re sure that this is it; you’re about to die. Suddenly, you hear a loud splash. Powerful arms grab you and you feel movement toward shore. Then, you become conscious that you no longer are gripped. You start to panic, only to feel ground beneath your feet. You emerge from the water and now stand on solid ground; safe! You look to locate your rescuer only to discover that he is nowhere to be found. You learn later that he had a heart attack and died while rescuing you. You are filled with gratitude! To think someone cared enough for you to save you, but it cost him his life. Now, this imaginary swimmer drowned. There is another rescuer Who not only died to save you but Who was beaten, had a sword thrust through His side, a crown of thorns jammed upon His head, was spit upon and hung for hours upon a criminal’s cross. The fictitious swimmer rescued your body with your life saved; the Divine Rescuer died to salvage your soul from eternal condemnation and to give you eternal life. It cost Him infinitely more to do that than it cost the swimmer to do what he did. Furthermore, there was nothing to suggest that you deserved to be rescued from sin and its punishment. There were definite reasons why you didn’t deserve to be saved, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  How can we not love the One who paid such a price to save those, to save us, who deserved only His wrath? James Rowe wrote, “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more; but the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I. Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love lifted me!” (From “Love Lifted Me“) Selah! The only valid response to that kind of love is to give ourselves wholly over to the One Who loved us that much! Have you  Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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