Eph. 3:19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
One of the strangest things God says about Himself is that He is jealous. He actually calls Himself a jealous God several times in the scripture. Why is He jealous? He loves us. He loves me. He loves you. He wants to be in relationship with us and and wants to be at the very center of our lives. He wants our love. In the life and ministry of Jesus you see the evidence of His love for us through the seeming endless accounts of His miracles. The scriptures repeatedly speak of Jesus as being moved with compassion and pouring His love out in the form of life changing miracles. I think of the lepers that touched His heart, the widow whose son was risen from the dead, the parents whose children were cruelly demon possessed, as well as the multitudes that He fed with a boy’s simple lunch. He loves you and will go to all sorts of extremes to display His love. How do I know this? He became a man to chase all of us down with His love. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this love.
“If it passeth knowledge, how can we know it? We must pray and endeavor to know something, and should still covet and strive to know more and more of it, though, after the best endeavors, none can fully comprehend it: in its full extent it surpasses knowledge. Though the love of Christ may be better perceived and known by Christians than it generally is, yet it cannot be fully understood on this side heaven….Those who receive grace for grace from Christ’s fulness may be said to be filled with the fulness of God, according to their capacity, all which is in order to their arriving at the highest degree of the knowledge and enjoyment of God, and an entire conformity to him.”
Not only did He become a man to reveal God’s love, today the Holy Spirit is the outpouring of that love. He pours this love out lavishly upon all mankind who open their hearts to take in and begin to grasp the extent of God’s love. Our jealous God searches today for the broken, the lonely, the sick, and those in distress just as the Lord did when He was here on earth. Open your heart and drink today, His great love is closer and deeper than we can even imagine.