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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Waves of God’s inexpressible love

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:12-14).

No appeal that the divine-human heart of Christ could make had been spared. The waves of mercy, beaten back by stubborn pride, returned in a stronger tide of subduing love. DA 655.

This love, untrammeled and coursing through Christ’s veins could not be bottled up inside Him. Every soul was precious in His eyes. While He ever bore Himself with divine dignity, He bowed with the tenderest regard to every member of the family of God. SC 12.

Though rewarded with evil for good, and hatred for His love (Psalm 109:5), He had steadfastly pursued His mission of mercy. Never were those repelled that sought His grace. A homeless wanderer, reproach and penury His daily lot, He lived to minister to the needs and lighten the woes of men, to plead with them to accept the gift of life. The waves of mercy, beaten back by those stubborn hearts, returned in a stronger tide of pitying, inexpressible love. GC 20.

His disciples received it subconsciously and it drew them into full commitment to Him. “Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the Bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?” “As long as they have the Bridegroom with them, they cannot.” (Matt. 9:15;Mk. 2:19). “They joy before Thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.” (Is. 9:3).

But no one saw the love of Jesus like Mary Magdalene did. She had tasted all the mud the world offers and happily abandoned all hope in Satan’s kingdom. Gladly she accepted the love Christ offered her. She could only do this if she confidently had something else to firmly grab on to. But in the unstoppable flow of love flooding from Jesus’ heart she found her alternative to trust in. The alabaster box of very precious perfume, which only was affordable to someone involved in vice, she gave completely to Jesus’ service. She gave it all, with tears, so thankful she was for His never-ending forgiveness for her past, His abounding acceptance of her in light of her wretchedness. His promise she found to be wonderfully faithful, that “all [her] transgressions that [s]he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto [her]: in [her] righteousness that [s]he hath done [s]he shall live.” (Ez. 18:22).

That love drove her demons from her and imprisoned her faith and love in Him and His never-failing friendship. Mary saw what the disciples could not see until after Jesus was gone. And that vision impelled her and them into perfect obedience to the law of Christ, which is the Law of God.

This was the same enlightenment that the leper received. He was drawn to the Savior by the testimony of others who had been healed of various maladies. The angels encouraged him to be healed, too. But it was when he actually saw Jesus touching the sick, that now nothing could stop him. All the cries of the people fearing the spread of his loathsome disease were lost to him; he heard no one. He couldn’t see the forest for that one beautiful Tree. It was the severest case of tunnel vision. All he saw was Jesus—Jesus healing him. He could only see Him who would never turning away even a leper. Desperate faith drove him to his Deliverer.

Daniel, too, desired the release of his people, captives in a corrupt land. Yet it was not until he saw the promise from God to deliver them after 70 years that faith gripped him and launched him into a fast and prayer that brought Gabriel down to touch his shoulder and encourage him.

It was the vision that drove the faith which laid hold of God’s power. In all ages, where there is no vision, the people perish; but in very generation, “every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him” “hath everlasting life.” (Jn. 6:40;3:36).
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day.” (Jn. 8:56).

“Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” (Is. 33:17).

Like Moses we, who seek Jesus and His love, will endure “as seeing Him who is invisible.” (Heb. 11:27).

“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Is. 42:16).

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