“I want us to be together”, my husband said to me one afternoon at one of our weekend trips to the beach trails. I wasn’t feeling well and the last thing I wanted to do was walk. But, you should have heard his little voice…he sounded like he would be lost without me. I pushed past my body aches and walked with Him. It was fun and The Lord helped me.
Later, I thought to myself, “it is so cool that after 14 years of marriage, my hubby still wants to be with me as much as he did when we first started dating.” I really feel loved. It is a great feeling too. But, as much as my husband loves me, Jesus loves me so much more.
Love is sometimes a hard concept to understand. It is not an emotion per se…yes you feel deeply for someone, but to me…love is a decision. A mother can give birth to a baby and have absolutely no love for him or her. How is that possible?, depending on what is going on in her life at the time, the baby is not her priority.
After a man and woman admit they love each other, there is an action that typically follows. They decide to dedicate their life to that other person and marry. Jesus did that in regards to us. He was thinking about us on that old rugged cross. He was bearing our sins, taking on himself all the pain, hurt, sickness, violence, loneliness, depression, confusion, fear, selfishness, pride, and every other negative emotion we would ever feel.
It was love that made Him choose to die for us rather than completely annihilating the whole earth forever. He wanted to be with us, like that day my hubby wanted to be with me. My hubby chose to love and marry me for life. Jesus chose to go to the cross for us so that we could fellowship with Him. He did for love. He did it so we would feel loved today and always.