We have been meditating on the glory of Jesus Christ in these devotionals. If you haven’t been reading them so far, go back and see what we’ve read before. If you’ve been with us from the start, here’s the quick recap:
Jesus’s glory as God’s representative
Jesus’s glory as the God-Man
Jesus’s glory as the humble mediator
And now, Jesus’s glory as seen in His love
Because Jesus loved me, He chose to become my mediator to bring me to God.
Because the Father loved me, He chose to send His Son to be my mediator to bring me to God.
God’s love for me was not because of me but is instead rooted in who He is. “God is love” (I John 4:8-9). It is His essence. His nature. His love for me was “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4).
His choice to love me was free and undeserved. Nothing I did persuaded Him to love me.
Why me? I don’t know. I’ll never understand that because I know me. But I do know what He says about Himself. I know He wasn’t reluctant to love me. Jesus willingly came for me to change me and bring me into His love.
I know God is not merely love. He also describes to me that He is a God of justice. I fear that because I know I have broken His law and His heart. When I look at Jesus I see that He loved me so much that He gave His life and took on Himself the punishment I deserve. In Jesus, love and justice kiss.
This is a love beyond my comprehension.
How do I prepare my mind to see my crucified, risen, and ascended Savior in glory?
I cannot pay Him back for what He has done for me. To attempt to do so would insult His grace. So what do I do?
I fall on my face before Him in worship and gladly give Him my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Then the King of Heaven fills me to live out His love on earth. What a fitting answer to our most basic prayer that “His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”