“God is Love”
The message this Sunday, in both music and teaching, is going to be so straightforward – but it is not simple. It is easy to state – but hard to understand.
How is it that a holy, pure and righteous God would want anything to do with us? We mess up all the time; we are so very selfish and self-centered; even our thoughts are a mess. He hates and cannot be in the presence of sin. We sin. In our natural state we are in a desperate and impossible dilemma.
And yet this very same God chose to intentionally involve Himself in an incredibly personal and costly way in order to resolve the issue. He has removed all the barriers between us and Himself so we can actually stand in the presence of Almighty God because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
How can this be??? What could possibly motivate such behavior?
Love. And that is the message of Easter. Here is Love. God is Love!
I probably don’t need to provide scriptures on this topic to most of those receiving this email. The message of God’s love and the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross and the victory of the Resurrection are shared in some form or fashion every Sunday at Avalon Church. Every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday for those in a faith relationship with Jesus Christ!
So in preparation for services on Sunday let me encourage you to pray. Pray the very things Pastor Dale asked us to pray last Sunday – that God would be undeniably in the midst of our gathering and that nothing and no one would hinder the message about God’s incredible love.
Still want some verses? Okay. How about reading the following verses while praying that the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of hearts to see these truths?
- John 15:12-13 – “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
- Romans 5:6-8 – “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- 1 John 3:16 – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
- 1 John 4:7-12 – “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we love God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
I am hoping to see many of you at the Good Friday Lord’s Supper service at 7:00pm this Friday.