"When You could just be silent and leave us here to die
Still, You sent Your Son for us
You were on our side"
Lately, these lyrics have been haunting me (in a good way). Ever since I sang this song with my friend Desiree on Monday I've been thinking of the second half of the chorus. It's such a heady thought to realize the Lord could have remained silent on our behalf. He didn't have to save us. There would be no judgement on Him for allowing His creation, which turned against Him, to perish.
I've been reading a book called Demon by Tosca Lee and, though fictional, I have found it eye-opening in a certain way. The story of the fall, as well as creation, told from the perspective of a fallen angel (the demon) sheds light on the glory of God as well as His love for the "clay people" (humans). God didn't give the option for the fallen angels to repent. He didn't send His Son to them. It's just such an interesting thought. I've never considered the uniqueness of our situation as humans quite in this way before.
And yet, here we are, living as if the earth is ours with no consequences. Seeing it solely for our own purposes and desires. Running around like selfish children grasping at anything in our reach. We seek fulfillment but are satisfied with the most weak, unfulfilling things that are sustained mere moments and then gone, vanishing in mid air.
On top of all this, we blame God for our forsaken situation and hurl insults in His direction saying, "If You are real!" or "How dare You do this to me?" because we are such moment creatures. Feeling and sensation control us and compel us to seek our own good above all else. Anything with an unsatisfactory outcome is suddenly proof of God's non-existence or His lack of love for us.
But do we even know the definition of true love?
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son..."
"In this is love [true love], not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [atonement] for our sins."
1 John 4:10
"God is love."
1 John 4:16b
God showed us a greater sacrifice of love than anyone or anything in this world has ever portrayed or ever will. He has never asked us to repay Him. He has never asked us to commit the same act either (as if we could). And, He has never required us to be worthy of accepting Him.
We only need realize that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:23-24
With the death of His Son, He not only showed us what true love is and does, He made a promise. He said that with belief in Him, we would always have His love and forgiveness; His grace. No constraints. No clauses. No requirements other than to set up a lifestyle of love for Him and, in turn, for others.
Now that is true love.