We recently celebrated one of the greatest days in all of history. Easter is no ordinary date and is steeped in a great tradition of remembrance. Remembering the Resurrection is paramount to Christian living. If Christianity was stripped of the Resurrection it would be nothing more than an assembly of fools. In remembering the Resurrection our attention must start with a corpse.
The corpse of the Christ, there in a cold, dark, hard, solitary tomb. No matter where you find yourself in this journey of life, this is a striking picture. Believer or nonbeliever, the thought of this causes turmoil in the deepest regions of our being. It strikes us with such intensity because we have no box to put this degree of love in. This is a love that is so relentless that God knew His creation would choose in vain to become like Him. The fundamental flaw is that the creation can never exceed the Creator. Many of us know the story of Adam and Eve.
Let’s take a fresh look. God created a masterpiece unlike any other. In this masterpiece God provided everything that was needed. In this garden of Eden, there was but one solitary tree among and surrounded by countless others. God set aside this tree and told them to not eat from it. We know what happens from here. Let’s pause and look at this garden. Everything you need is provided. It’s perfect, flawless, and without toil. God slants this garden in favor of his creation, giving them free reign with one solitary exception, which would become one of the greatest tragedies of all time.
Continue to rewind the clock, to God knowing that before this perfect garden was crafted that the decision his creation would make. God knew that in spite of providing everything and slanting for the success of his creations that Adam would make the wrong choice. Having this knowledge and continuing to create the garden is incomprehensible. When you couple that knowledge with the plot of his Son being murdered for a creation he know would not choose him, that takes it to another level. This is exactly what God did. He decided that creating us and giving us a choice was worth the life of his Son and this was all done beforehand.
This type of love is illogical and irrational. We can’t explain it and it will never fit in our boxes. Paul puts it best in his letter to the church of Ephesus. Paul explains that to be filled with the fullness of God we must be rooted and grounded in love. This is no ordinary love. It is condition free and inexhaustible. This kind of love knows failure is imminent but still relentlessly pursues its object. This is love that existed before our failure.
Most Christians celebrate that God’s love is not performance based. We know we can’t earn it. I agree, but it’s more than that; just the same, we can do nothing to lose it! This is evident in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! While we were yet still choosing what we thought was best like eating from the one tree instead of the countless others.
Reckon with God’s love for a moment. After all, I think that we all wish to experience the fullness of God. His love is immeasurable. It’s so vast that it exceeds our ability to comprehend it. While it can’t be measured, it can be accepted. You can’t contain his love, but you can receive it. You can’t stop it, but you can spread it. You can’t touch it, but you can stand on it.
God’s son was violently murdered, not because you and I made or will make the right decision; that would place a condition on it. It is this love that I must come to realize because we still wrestle with the same tree in our garden. How does this tie into the Resurrection? Simply put, without death there can’t be resurrection. Jesus was and is the ultimate display of God’s love! The Resurrection and his death are so intertwined and encased by his love that they cannot be separated. An intimacy exists between the two. This is our story, our message! God’s love never ends, is unconditional, illogical, life changing, and we will never not be its object!