Love is.........

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Love is…

1 John 4:9-10

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 loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

A scorpion caught up on a branch in a flooded river struggles towards safety. A kindly man on the riverbank reaches out to rescue the beast – and is stung. Repeatedly the drama occurs of reaching and stinging, until the man’s face is distorted with pain.

“You silly fool” an onlooker cries “leave it to die”

“Just because it is this creature’s nature to sting, why should I give up my nature to save?” the man replies.

That’s Love in action.

For Christians Easter celebrates the Nature of God, love in action.Unmerited saving love, triumphing over deadly power & despair.

Despair dispelled by joy. Power inverted, the last and lowliest, the servant and slave rank higher than the rich and celebrity in the new economy of God. Death is no-longer the final word life, a new nature & new future is available in Christ who has conquered the sting of sin & death.

Poison drawn, defences down, we too can be drawn into the life of God.

Love is the Easter story, not widely reported, but carried down the generations, to you –  Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again.

 

Happy Easter

 

Nick


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