I am overwhelmed by the realization of Your Love. You are Ultimate Love!
I stand in dumbstruck awe over the Immense Beauty of Your Creation.
Lucifer, your first created one, received the Full Force and Power of Your Love. You loved him and exalted him above all others you created. You put him in charge of your angels and considered his counsel. You longed for his love in return, and for his companionship, but instead he aspired to become like You and rejected your Love (Isaiah 14:12-14). You had bestowed upon him unalterable gifts: eternal life, free will and powers very close to equaling your own. It was well within your power to destroy him utterly for his iniquity, but You never violate your own Law. You, therefore, cast him out into eternal darkness and in doing so allowed him to corrupt Your Creation.
When You created us it was not your good will and desire to create robots, to create a clockwork of predictable and perfect performance. An object such as that is absolutely incapable of love. Your Love is Inexhaustible and springs forth Eternally. You are the prime example of All Giving Love: From stardust You formed us in the flesh (Gen. 2:7) and created us in the Image of Your Eternal Spirit (Gen. 1:27). We are the purpose of your Universe. We are your bride, the object of Your Ultimate Desire (Rev. 21:2). By ourselves we deserve nothing but to share the fate of Satan, but You loved us before we were created (1 John 4:19). We live our lives, as it were, in a skein of Time woven into the fabric of Eternity. You knew our coming and our going before You spoke the Word (John 1:1). You are the same yesterday as today and as tomorrow.
In giving us free will You gave us the ability to choose. Paradoxically, this choice could only have come about as a result of Satan - 'the prince of this world' - being cast down upon the earth and thus enabling the hardening of our hearts. We are in constant violation of Your Law! Satan, using the unalterable powers You gave him, is fully justified to accuse us day and night before your throne of Eternal Justice (Rev 12:10), knowing full well that, because of our free will, we would never be justified before Your Law. But Your Love for us is so great that You were willing to bear the full brunt of our transgressions and pay the price for us. You sacrificed Yourself in order to fulfill the requirements of Your Law (John 3:16). Knowing that we would, by ourselves, not be able to love You – Your Unfathomable Love for us allowed even the slightest crack in the crust surrounding our selfish hearts to serve as a conduit for Your Love to come into us, thus enabling us to accept Your Love and love You in return – if we so desire!
You knew, before You created anything, that all these things were going to come to pass (Gen 6:12). And yet You created us! By allowing Yourself (John 10:30), in the person of Jesus Christ (born of man/indwelled by Your Holy Spirit – fully man/Fully God), to suffer the indescribable humiliation of bearing the guilt of our violations You took away the cause of Satan's constant accusations and silenced him (Rev 12:10).
A new morning is approaching. A new dawn breaks. The light of your Love has triumphed over the darkness. Your unimaginable Wisdom has resolved the paradox of a 'perfect' creation, which contains Good and Evil, by allowing us, through exposure to sin, by acceptance of Your Love Offering, to enter into Your Holy Presence forever! (Rev. 21:3,4) – Yes Lord, I thank You with all my heart for Your (undeserved) Love and I accept the Redeeming Sacrifice and my eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, your Son – Amen!
January 12, 2008 9:56 PM