Often, those who have injured us the most have been love’s greatest spokesmen.
The two faced husband sang, “My bride, my jewel, I love you!” only to kiss her cheek and depart to his mistress’s bed. A seemingly faithful friend swore, “Brother, I love you!” only to leave the dagger in your back after his embrace. The co-dependent mother muttered, “It’s only because I love you my child!” as she devoured him like a black widow.
So we may conclude that talk is cheap. The boom of pretty words and marked sentiments broke the three little words that should be most precious: I love you. In the midst of profuse pleasantries and sweet nothings, how can we trust these words when they come from our Savior’s lips?
A Love from Above
The answer I wish I had ready for my friend is this: Jesus professes his love from greater heights. When your Romeo sung up to you in your tower only to leave the next morning. When your father professed his love to you as he tucked you into bed, only to back down the driveway and never return. When your companion may have strode side-by-side with you, laughing with what seemed to be love’s affection, only to travel on and leave you behind. But He does not proclaim his love from below your castle, beside your bed, or while walking alongside you. He declares it from above:
The Savior who loves you says so from above you,From high on a hill and hung up on a tree.The Savior who loves you cries so from above you,His blood paints a picture of love you can see.
Jesus did not whisper that he loves you over a candlelight dinner. He did not tell you he loves you in a penthouse suite. He did not send a card and flowers from heaven. He did not write you a poem in the clouds. He came down to be crucified for us. He says that he loves you as your sin hammers nails through his hands and hangs him up on a cross. He did not simply say that he loved you, he died to show that he loved you in the most powerful way imaginable: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
So how can you know that Jesus really loves you? How can you really believe that his love will not leave like others who abandoned you? Look to the place where God manifests his love for sinners. Each wound, each affliction, each nail flashes love’s lightning. Every thorn endured in his brow, every claw withstood on his back, every tolerated mock to his misery thunders behind his words of love. He did not give us a red rose; he spilled his crimson blood to prove his profession.
Where and When ?
Don’t let experience steal your great treasure. Do not let sinners, who vapored love of its blood, keep you from Jesus’s love evidenced by his blood. Jesus is not your ex-boyfriend. He is not your absent mother or abusive father. He is not Judas Iscariot who came as a friend but kissed as an enemy. Jesus is not like them nor is he like us. He received the betrayer’s kiss , our kiss and embraced those cursed nails as our nails.
And he suffered more than nails. He was forsaken by his Father as he bore our sin. He cried out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Mere men could not inflict this pain, brought thousand bloody crosses before this, brought ten thousand thorny crowns and scourging whips before this and at last Jesus was forsaken by the world, forsaken by his people, forsaken by his disciples and at last forsaken by his Father.
Now consider: Did he thrash in agony on a cross, lay down his life, drink our cup of judgment just to abandon us, later like sinners have done in our past?
Oh ! How He Loves
Always ,we dishonor him by looking at the cross and seeing an unfaithful human love. Others may have abandoned us but he did not. Others may have broken promises but he does not. Others’ love expired or were broken in death but his will not.
The Savior built an everlasting memorial of love in his death atop a hill. From these heights, he proved his trustworthiness. He exalted his word of love by lifting up his mangled body. His word stands as far beyond questioning as his body now stands beyond the reach of Roman spears.
It may be difficult to believe Jesus loves you because of other people who have let you down in the past. However, Jesus is unlike any other person; He is God in human form (John 1:14). He was involved in creating us, He sustains our every breath, and He offers us new life now and eternal life in heaven with Him.
He is infinitely trustworthy even with our love.
When we ask, “How much does Jesus love me?” we only need to look at the cross. He stretched out His hands and said, “I love you this much.” He gave His life to give you new life.
You can pray to receive Jesus as your Savior right now and accept His love and eternal life. There is no special prayer to pray, but you can respond with a prayer similar to this:
“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”
Your Servant In Lord
Lino Varghese Abraham