God's great love for you transcends it all. All you now face!
It’s transcendent--this Resurrection agape! Divine love is based on the Lover not the love-ie. His love guarantees our security--God loves you. He loves your friends too.
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." —John 11:25
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law." ~ Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:55-56
Human love is not quite so big–it is based on the one loved. I is like..I love you because I like to be seen with you. I love you because of what you do for me. I love you because of your sense of humor, what you have, your position and what you drive.. on how you look. And if that changes then I’ll find somebody else to love. You need more than just human love.
It’s not that we first loved God, but that he loved us and gave his son Jesus for us.. as a propitiation for our sin. I told my sweetheart Liney that she loves me because I first loved her. But I love God because he first loved me. He is the initiator and I am the responder.
God initiated, yes, because of His great love. Easter is all about God's love for you--it's about the sting of death being taken permanently away!
God's agape love is so SO Big, but man's love is so small. People can run out of love, but God never stops loving you. It's a Resurrection kinda love!
Think about a bumblebee for a minute. The bee might land a sting on you while you're here on earth, but it sacrifices all just to burn you with that sting. When a bumblebee or honeybee stings a person, it pulls out the bee's barbed stinger and leaves it behind, but along with the stinger goes part of its digestive tract, muscles and nerves and it might fly off, but it will die. Satan sure landed a sting on Christ at Calvary, He died there. But in so doing.. it sealed Mr. Lu-Cifer's future fate. Death died when Christ rose--He is alive! For born again believers, death is not the end of the road, nope it's only a slight bend in the road Home. Soon death and hades will be thrown into a real placed called "the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire." And very sadly, "if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life" (see Revelation 20:14). Please do address this early--make your own reservations in advance.
"One day, a mother and her two children were in the park having a wonderful time. They were enjoying the outdoors until a big bumblebee landed on little Brother and then stung him! He began to cry and scream like any child would as the wound on his arm became swollen. The bee was still buzzing around, and his little sister was petrified. The mother comforted her daughter by saying, 'Darling, wait a minute.' As she was wiping Brother's tears away, she said, 'Look down here on your brother’s arm.' Right in the middle of that swelling was the bumblebee's stinger. 'You see that, Sweetheart? That bee can buzz and fight you, but he can’t hurt you. You see, he can only sting once and he has left his stinger in your brother.' While death is a decided fact, Death is also a defeated foe. We are able to laugh in the face of Death if we know the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to tell you, friend, Death may buzz around you and frighten you, but our elder brother, the Lord Jesus, bears that sting. Jesus took the sting out of Death, and He has given us a hope that is steadfast and sure.Jesus told Death that he couldn't keep Him. You see – Jesus willingly and vicariously laid down His life. The wages of sin is death, but Jesus was not a sinner and did not have to die. Jesus willingly, voluntarily, vicariously laid down His life.Death thought he had a victory. Old King Death laid his icy, bony hands on the Lord Jesus Christ and shackled Him with the bonds of death. Jesus lay cold, stiff, and stark in that tomb. Old King Death possibly clapped his bony hands, shrieked a hoarse laugh and declared, 'I have Him! He's mine. I am going to keep Him.' But after three days, the Lord Jesus stirred, and He majestically rose from His resting place. Jesus did more than survive death. He defeated and decimated death in that tomb!" ~ Adrain Rogers
Prayerfully meditate upon these verses this holiday season, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive... For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, 25-26knowGod.org
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