What Was It?
Every now and then something comes along and impacts you in a powerful way. Sometimes it is a sermon, a story or perhaps something as simple as a song. That is what happened to me on Sunday as we sang the song “If that isn’t love.” I was surprised to learn this wonderful song is in our songbook, but I never remember singing it in my life. As I contemplated the words of this beautiful song, I wondered what Dottie Rambo was experiencing in her life, that led her to write these particular words, and express this thought. The power of the song is the premise; if Jesus dying for us on the cross wasn’t love, then the ocean is dry, there are no stars in the sky and the sparrow can’t fly. If that isn’t love then heaven’s a myth and there’s no feeling like this, if that isn’t love. How can you consider the cross, and not see the love? How can your heart not be touched by this great act? She concludes the only way we could ever believe that love did not motivate this great act, is if the ocean has run dry, there are no stars in the sky and the sparrow can’t fly. The point is simple but powerful; the ocean will NEVER run dry, there has been and will ALWAYS BE, stars in the sky, and the bible says the sparrow CAN fly. In other words, there is no denying it. It is obvious beyond consideration. Unquestionable! The cross was purely motivated by the amazing love of God, for us. It’s inconceivable. As Romans 5:8 reminds us from the pen of the Apostle Paul, while we were at our worst- lost in sin, Jesus died for the ungodly; US. It wasn’t just love, but a love so mind-blowing that it draws us to a loving God. Let us live in this great love with a heart of gratefulness and thanksgiving. With a heart that shares this great message with those grappling with darkness. If it wasn’t love, then what could it have been? Blessings.
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