How Much Do You Love Me?
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NLT)
As a child I would ask both my parents, “How much do you love me?” It was usually in the context of wanting to test their monetary investment towards my entertainment fund. In other words, I wanted a new toy. My mother’s quick and sarcastic response: “Enough not to leave you on the side of the road!” Upon thinking about that today, I can’t help but chuckle a bit.
Holy Week at Lighthouse is a reminder that we can ask God, “How much do you love us?” to which John 3:16 responds in a simple yet profound way: more than we will ever understand. “For this is how God loved the world…” A phrase like this demands an action. The action?-“He gave his one and only son (Jesus)…” For what?-“So that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” It is a life that starts the moment we believe in Him and goes on forever. Unlike a child who may attempt to sway their parents and test their love for them, the God who created the universe, the heavens and the earth, the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, loves us more than we could ever understand and Easter is a reminder of it. The westernmost point on the US mainland is Cape Alava, WA. The easternmost point is West Quoddy Head, ME. If our eyes could stand at the westernmost point and see the easternmost point from it, then perhaps we might measure a glimpse of God’s love for us. But, it is impossible. God’s love is for everyone, in any stage of life, and in any condition. It only demands a response. The world needs hope. We need a Savior and a Comforter. Let us share this hope we have in God the Father, his son Jesus, and His Spirit with others during Holy Week and beyond.
Would you be open to partnering with me as we transform Oceanside with the love of Jesus Christ this year? Join me for “Live With Basilio!” on Thursdays at 4pm to find out more!
Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor