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Home arrow Articles arrow Such Love…
Such Love…
Written by Pastor, Rev. Dr. Cecil Clements   

Image“Mixed emotions” is an understatement when I think about the Cross.  I tend to run through a whole gamut of them—anger, disbelief, incredulity, sadness, grief and a host of others—when I focus my thoughts and attentions on the Cross.  A myriad images flood my mind, images that wrench at heart strings, images that make me wince, shut my eyes and wish I could not hear so clearly the brutal noises associated with the Cross.  I don’t know about you, but I often see vivid images in my mind’s eye that almost transport me back two thousand years to the point where I too am just a mute spectator to the most significant death of all time. 

That is why this season of Lent is so meaningful.  It’s steeped in love, the love of God for His creation; a love that reached out to us “while we were yet sinners;” a love unimaginable, a love unfathomable and certainly unquantifiable.   Such love, wrote the song-writer, “…springs from eternity, such love, streaming through history, such love, fountain of life to me” and such love, for me, for you, for any of us made in “His image.”

If advent sets the stage for the birth of that love, Lent reveals its depth, its passion, its intensity and its cost.  Yes, such love cost God plenty, and the symbol of the cross is an enduring, vivid image of the cost of God’s love.  And the shadow of the Cross, looms large over these days of Lent.  The Cross, brutally planted on that dusty hill of Golgotha reminds us that the fulfillment of all those Advent expectations had a price.  A price that involved shame, suffering, humiliation, bloodshed and excruciating pain.  And that’s why I run the gamut of emotions when I think about the Cross.  Because every privilege I now have as a child of God was bought with a price.  I have access to Him because a broken body ended in a torn veil.  I experience forgiveness because precious blood was spilt that day at Calvary.  I seek healing because the Word reminds me that it is through “His stripes that…” I am healed.  And the list goes on, always reminding me that the Cross has, and must have, tremendous significance to who I am and the Faith I espouse.

And that’s why I’m glad we have a period of Lent—a period of contemplation, a time for introspection—forty days (excluding Sundays) through which we can come to a greater understanding of all that Jesus endured for our sake.  And have a greater appreciation of His love for us. And be challenged to pursue a life of purity.  To embrace the call to holiness.  To deal with pride and false humility.  To love others as He has loved us and to understand His love and His grace and His forgiveness.  Then, we can truly sing from our hearts the song that Isaac Watts, the reformed slave trader wrote:

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all.   

I pray that this period of Lent will lead you on a path of discovery—discovering again the deep love of our Saviour for us, and through that understanding may we strive to live in love and intimacy with the Lord and in love and purity with the world, and say as the Apostle Paul said, that our motivation to live such a life, is because “…the love of God constraineth me” (2 Cor. 5:14).


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