God loves you!
The God who created the world and everything in it. Loves you. He loves you so much that he sent his son to die a horrible death in order to make it possible for YOU to spend eternity with him.
Imagine the God of the universe who created all and knows all, loves you! To understand how great God’s love for you is, we need to understand how great our God is. Look around you at the natural world God created and yet what you see is just a shadow of the world he originally created for us. Because of the sin of man the original world was destroyed by the flood. However, the Bible tells that there is a day coming when God will create a new heaven here on earth. It will be even better than the garden of Eden was. It will be beyond our imagination!
In 1 Corinthians 2:9, we are told, “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him”
Why is God doing this? Because he loves us!
As if this world isn’t marvelous enough, God didn’t stop there. The Bible told us thousands of years ago he hung the sun, moon, and stars in place. God created the universe. How big is the universe? Well, how big is our God?
The sun is 865,000 miles in diameter. That’s 109 times bigger than the earth’s diameter. To us, the earth seems big, but 1321.3 of our Earth would fit inside of Jupiter. Jupiter is huge, but God made even larger planets. The planet dubbed HAT-P-1 is located in the constellation Lacerta 450 light-years from Earth. Our earth would fit into HAT-P-1 over 2500 times. How awesome is God, that he could create all this and still care about you and me, even the little things in our lives?
The universe is so large that it can not be measured in miles so we measure it in light years. A light year is how far light will travel in a year. Light travels at 186,000 miles a second. That’s over 670 million miles per hour. Multiply that times 60 seconds a minute, times 60 minutes an hour, times 24 hours a day, times 7 days in a week and times 52 weeks in a year and you get 5,878,499,817,000 miles. A light-year is nearly 6 trillion miles.
The sun is 93,000,000 miles from earth but it only takes sunshine eight minutes to travel to Earth. The milky way is 25,000 light years away, but it is so large that we can see it with the naked eye. The observable universe is estimated to be 93 billion light-years across. How much further than that does it go? Astronomers may guess, but only God knows!
Some time back, I was looking at pictures from the Hubble telescope. They had trained the telescope on one of the barest, emptiest, spots in the universe and let it draw in the images for ten days. The photos that resulted were full of planets and universes. It was at this point, it dawned on me that at least in my little human mind the universe is limitless. That’s how big God is! He is limitless. His power and love are unlimited. How awesome is God that he could create something like the universe and all that is in it. But yet his love for you and me is unlimited.
The Bible tells us in Psalms 33:6 that the Lord spoke all this into existence. “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”
John 1:3 says: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
Jesus, who made all this, chose to die a terrible death on the cross in order that we might be saved and be able to spend eternity with him. Why? Because he loves each of us and he doesn’t want any to perish. He loves us regardless of who we are. He loves us regardless of what we have done. He loves us unconditionally. None of us deserve God’s love. Nor, can we ever deserve it. It is only through the grace of God that we can ever stand before God.
Grace is God loving us even though we don’t deserve it. Man always imagines that God loves us because of what we have done. Because of our own goodness, because of our good deeds, because of our repentance, because of our virtue. But God does not love us because of that. And God is not gracious to us because of that. Paul says that “God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Christ died for men who were hideous in His sight because of sin. And we are like that because of sin. If we are ever to understand the grace of God, we must begin with the knowledge that God has acted graciously toward us in Christ entirely apart from human merit.
Paul, in the opening lines of Ephesians, describes to us the rich and satisfying blessings that are instantly ours the moment we place our trust in Jesus.
Ephesians 1: 3-9. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us (me) in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us (me) in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us (me) for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us (me) in the One he loves. In him, we (I) have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us (me). With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us (me) the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
When we come to Christ, we instantly receive all of these spiritual blessings. We don’t receive some of them or part of them or a promise that we will receive them in the future. We don’t receive them conditionally or in stages or if we qualify. We immediately and fully have “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” We stand holy and blameless before God the Father. We are his adopted children. We instantly have redemption through the Lord’s blood, and we are fully forgiven for our sins.
Why do we possess all of these blessings? Because of “the riches of his grace,” which he has showered on us for no other reason than his extravagant love for us. The Creator of heaven and earth chose us, predestined us, and redeemed us with his grace. Each and every one of us. Not because of anything we have done, Not because of how good we are, Not because we earned it. Simply because he loves us.
God’s grace and forgiveness are not a one-time whitewash of our sins. It is never ending. We are going to make mistakes. We are going to fail. However, grace is an on-going cleansing process, as we daily surrender ourselves to Christ.
If you accept the gift of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, you are an heir to the kingdom of God! You are a child of the King!
A king that loves us more than our human mind can comprehend.
GOD LOVES YOU!
If you have not accepted God’s gift of salvation, or if you’re not sure if you are going to heaven. Simply ask Christ for his forgiveness, ask him to come into your life and that you be filled with the Holy Spirit and seek to live for Him. If you seek a relationship with God, you will never be disappointed and He will never leave you.
God loves you. He wants a close personal relationship with YOU!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)