Last weekend we celebrated the resurrection of Christ, Easter. We rejoiced at Jenks church, and spent quality time with family over lunch or dinner. It was a glorious day! One thing we can always take away from great moments like these is by God’s love.
God’s love can be seen everywhere in the world. From Mother Teresa’s work with broken people to a majestic sunset, God has created and balanced this universe to be beautiful and orderly for us.
In the creative narrative of Genesis 1, he declared the universe “good”. One day a reporter saw Mother Teresa rubbing a healing salve on a leper in India. He said, “I could have never done that” and Mother Teresa responded, “Neither could I.” It was all there with God’s love that had caused her to be willing to do that for others. Mother Teresa was a wonderful woman that loved the down-and-outers. She was changed inside by the love of God, and was able to do anything He wanted done.
The natural surroundings in life such as the sunset, the stars, and beautiful blossoms of spring or autumn can have us in awe. These sights can make us aware of who stands behind all beauty.
For example, our friend Mark Berrier, went to Niagara Falls with his wife. They stayed at a beautiful hotel on the Canadian side where they could look out of the window and have the view of the entire falls (the Horseshoe, Bridal Veil, and American Falls). His wife remarked, “This is so beautiful. If God can create such beauty, imagine how beautiful he must be.” It wasn’t just the falls and trees that surrounded them, but it was everything all together. Our God is the source of all that’s beautiful and good.
God’s love is the cause of all creation. Paul write, “…. the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. In him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created by him and for him, and in him all things hold together.” It is for Him the entire universe we live in is beautiful and was created for our pleasure.
The scenery and surroundings are beautiful, but the most compelling evidence is God loving us is Jesus—giving us life. In Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22:16 and Zechariah 12:16, verses such as, “…pierced for our iniquities”, “…cast lots for his clothing”; were predictions written from over hundreds of years ago. The piercing was predicted long before crucifixion was even invented.
God’s love is expressed in every most way. For Him, we deserve all he received, and he paid our bill completely. Whenever we suffer, we shouldn’t doubt God’s love for us; we should trust in Him as he did with Jesus’ suffering. In the long term, he will bring the good out. His death for us; his resurrection to make us right with God was the way to justify His love.