Ah, LOVE, that splendid word that conveys the heartfelt pitter patter of one’s heart for another. At weddings two, one man and one woman, become one before a gathering of friends and family with a couple (or more) love songs mixed in. Ah, LOVE SONGS! Okay, but you know what I mean, those love songs that can bring a tear to your eye and joy to your heart for the love expressed on such a day. On that day the two express their love to one another, and should be thinking thoughts that their love is going to last a lifetime, but sadly, as the years pass, the proclaimed message of commitment and love is often times forgotten. Decisions made and action displayed lead to the snuffing out of the passionate flame that once burned so brightly. However, others persevere or never loose sight of love, and that is as it should be; truly a love song filled with a greater depth of emotions as a result.
Love can be a very splendid thing…
There is another love song written that conveys an eternal, everlasting love. It transcends time to reach all generations by the way of one cross, one lamb and one person; the person, Jesus Christ, both fully God and fully man. This Love song plays its beautiful life-giving notes, displaying a love more beautiful and more passionate than any other ever expressed before or since.
Oh, the richness of that Love!
A love that is self-sacrificing, self-less, and self-giving. That is the love described beautifully in the song written by, Isaac Watts: When I Survey the Wonderous Cross.
I especially love the excerpt below as it fully conveys the Love Christ had for us as He suffered and died for us:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Christ showed us a love more complete and more lovely than even we can ever truly comprehend the magnitude of. I can’t help but to think back on what He did for me (and you) all those years ago on the Cross of Calvary….no greater love than this!!
I watched a few videos online earlier today that feature a revision of Isaac Watts song called The Wonderful Cross. My favorite version (and I do enjoy Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin‘s versions) is Michael W. Smith‘s rendition of the song. Below is a link to the Youtube video (note there is another video on Youtube that contains more graphic scenes from Mel Gibson‘s movie: The Passion of the Christ, but I chose the milder version for the blog because it intertwines both scenes from the movie and video clips from a concert showing people worshipping Christ.)
O the wonderful cross where the Savior of the world suffered and died in our place. It brings me to a place of absolute awe, and even yes, shame, that He would humble Himself for me when I do not deserve His inexplicable gift. He did it for me and you…but that is the great message of the Cross; He humbled himself. He could have easily asked the angels to take Him from the cross. But He remained. He stayed until it was finished and then was removed to be placed in a borrowed tomb.
But His love story did not stop there…
He came back to life after 3 days, just as He said He would (Matthew 20:19). Why? To pay our debt to sin, and chains of death had no grip on Him. He became our replacement (sacrifice) over death, separated from God, that sin has on our lives. For Him there was no other way, and for God there was no other way for Him to fully accept our sin payment, IT could only be paid through the shedding of the blood of His Son; the God-man, Jesus, who is the Christ; Messiah Yeshua. No longer was it necessary for anyone to bring a sacrificial offering to cover sin (and this offering had to be done over and over again to pay for our sin, before Christ gave of Himself…those sacrifices were temporary, but Christ’s sacrifice was permanent).
We can have a great Love Song written across our hearts. It is the Love Song of a Savior, a love that is everlasting and complete. It is a love that never leaves us, nor condemns us, but a Love Song of restoration and eternity. No greater Love Song has been written than THE Love Song of Love Songs; Jesus. He is playing His Love Song even now!
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in god’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. Romans 5: 6-9