Love Cannot Be Measured
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39.
might, because of our guilt, have moved far from us. But instead of moving
farther away from us, He came and dwelt among us, filled with all the fullness
of the Godhead, to be one with us, that through His grace we might attain
to perfection. By a death of shame and suffering He paid man’s ransom.
What self-sacrificing love is this! From the highest excellency He came, His
divinity clothed with humanity, descending step by step to the very depths
of humiliation. No line can measure the depth of this love. Christ has shown
us how much God can love and our Redeemer suffer in order to secure our complete
restoration. He desires His children to reveal His character, to exert His
influence, that other minds may be drawn into harmony with His mind.
our Saviour, in whom dwelt absolute perfection, became sin for the fallen
race. He did not know sin by the experience of sinning, but He bore the terrible
weight of the guilt of the whole world. He became our propitiation, that all
who receive Him may become sons of God. The cross was erected to save man.
Christ lifted on the cross was the means devised in heaven for awakening in
the repenting soul a sense of the sinfulness of sin. By the cross Christ sought
to draw all to Himself. He died as the only hope of saving those who, because
of sin, were in the gall of bitterness. Through the agency of the Holy Spirit,
a new principle of mental and spiritual power was to be brought to man, who,
through association with divinity, was to become one with God.
break down the barriers that Satan had erected between God and man, Christ
made a full and complete sacrifice, revealing unexampled self-denial. He revealed
to the world the amazing spectacle of God living in human flesh, and sacrificing
Himself to save fallen man. What wonderful love! As I consider it, I weep
to think that so many of those who claim to believe the truth are encrusted
with selfishness. . . .
marvel that professing Christians do not grasp the divine resources; that
they do not see the cross more clearly as the medium of forgiveness and pardon,
the means of bringing the proud, selfish heart of man into direct contact
with the Holy Spirit, that the riches of Christ may be poured into the mind,
and the human agent be adorned with the graces of the Spirit, that Christ
may be commended to those who know Him not.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 269.