by Robert Brock
Saturday, June 8
Love Began with God
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved,” John 3:16, 17.
C.S. Lewis lived from 1898 to 1963. His tombstone bares one of his greatest prose: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” God’s love is like that. When we see the world as God sees it, we are looking through scarlet-colored glasses. When Jesus asked His Father to forgive us in our ignorance, God looked at the world through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). When Jesus returns for us, He will be wearing a scarlet robe symbolizing His sacrifice to cover our sins, and we will be wearing white robes symbolizing His righteousness.
David said God’s love is like the sun’s rays in the morning. It claims everything it touches. He created everything. He purchased everything with His most valuable possession, His Son’s sacrifice. Thus, by right of creation and by right of purchase God owns everything. The greatest gift of all is love. Because of His love we possess faith and hope—the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13; Romans 5:5).
THOUGHT: Since God is love, all the love ever experienced in the history of the world has its source in God.