I was once in love. I loved this woman deeply. I cared for her in ways she did not particularly care for. My concern for her spiritually was misled to a great degree, but the reality is that I loved this woman so much that I asked God for something that I can't even comprehend. I prayed my salvation be hers, and the guilt of her sin be my own. My life is actually completely God's. I have nothing but Christ, and Jesus IS my life [Galatians 2:20] My prayer was for ALL of that to be transferred to her. I was once in love.
There came a time when it was no longer I who caught her eye. I was no longer the object of her affection. I called to her, and she wouldn't respond. Then she did to me what couldn't have hurt more, she gave me back my letters. My poems, notes, stories, as odd an badly written as they may have been, were returned to me, she no longer wanted them. Here is where the imagery gets deep. She gave me back my Word. I had given my scripture, and she preferred something else.
Question. Who is Jesus? Jesus is the Word. Scripture is the written Word and it speaks of Him. Jesus is the Word made flesh, the exact representation of God. When the world was spoken into being, He was the Words spoken. When the scribes were penning the books of the Bible, He was their message. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son..." God gave His Word, and His word was this one promise, "...that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
The Father's Love Letter, was His Son. Scripture had to be fulfilled, and it pleased God to crush His Son that many would be saved. However, as I think back to how I felt when my Words were returned to me, I can't help but think maybe there is something of what God feels in there. God gives His Son, His Word, the Promise of life everlasting. He does what pleases Him and yet He takes no pleasure when people perish (Ezekiel 18:23) He does not want anyone to be without Him, and yet so many reject Jesus, and hand God back His Word to Him.
I once heard a preacher say that God loves unbelievers differently than He does believers. It makes sense, when we think of Jesus being the Bridegroom and the Church being His Bride. How could we say we love one person as deeply or even more so than our own spouse? A claim like that would make God out to be an adulterer or polygamist and that is something He simply is not. He is however full of Grace. Every breath is a blessing and every moment should leave us in awe simply because He has yet to do away with us in our sin. God loves all, but He will not remain with all forever. It is not His desire for that to be the case, no that is actually our desire, to be without God. We let Him know, every time we give Him back His Word.
1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. [Romans 9:1-5]