We now officially live in a day when, with enough money, you can leave the planet! Two individuals with said money have now arranged to be the first two passengers to leave our atmosphere on a “bus” that will transport them to the moon. What they will do when they get there is anybody’s guess, (pretty sure Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts haven’t arrived yet); but there we are.
It should not escape our notice that is has been God’s intention to get INTO the world that we are so desperately trying to get OUT of. That is the full message of the Genesis account with Adam and Eve and God visiting each day. God delighted in His creation, and though fallen and badly broken, still loves it.
He loved it enough that He gave… He sent… His only begotten Son, the firstborn over all creation, as a sacrifice of atonement for His erring world. It is the culmination of that sacrifice that calls our attention at the cross. It is there that Heaven and earth meet in a painful, bloody, but redeeming intersection of wood, steel, flesh and blood.
For God so loved the world… that He gave His only begotten Son. We should never let the wonder of that simple verse slip away from us. It is the very defining reality that knits our eternity with God. It is life, and eternity, and forgiveness, and explanation all in one. “But God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself….” (2 Corinthians 5:19) There is no greater wonder than that.
And no greater love.
FOR MEDITATION: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.” John 15:13
FOR REFLECTION: Remind yourself today that the next five people you see… whoever they are… are people that God deemed worthy enough to send His Son to save.