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The Day Of Love

by Tim Hall
How can others be convinced that love is genuine?
valheart1.jpgHis love for her was greater than words can express. Words had been used, but people are prone to view them as only words. So what could he do to prove beyond doubt that he loved her?
Preparations for the day of love began well in advance. Decades earlier the tree had been planted that would provide the crossbeams. Thousands of years earlier iron ore was buried deep in the earth, providing the material for the nails. 33 years earlier a fetus was conceived in the womb of a virgin that would bring to the world a different way to live.
Then the appointed day arrived. Jesus was not ambushed. It didn’t come as a total surprise. Before taking on his body of flesh he knew what would be demanded of him. One writer described the bittersweet journey to Calvary: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2Hebrews 12:2
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2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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How could anyone view their execution with joy? Only those who know their death is the means of rescuing the one they love can experience such feelings. Jesus had spoken of his love for his church just days before: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13John 15:13
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13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

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This awesome love is a feeling shared by all in the Godhead: “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8Romans 5:8
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8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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). Many great events fill the headlines of the world’s newspapers, but only one event makes headlines in heaven – the retrieval of the lost sheep (Luke 15:7Luke 15:7
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7 I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

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On February 14, men around the world scramble to find just the right gift to prove their love to the special women in their lives. But none has ever given as deeply as Jesus: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25Ephesians 5:25
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25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the assembly, and gave himself up for it;

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Is Valentine’s Day the day of love? Or is it only a faint shadow of that day millennia ago when the Son of God gave his life for you and me?

Connecting The Broken Link

by Tim Hall
Is it possible for us to communicate with God?
telephoneart.gifTelephone calls are a regular part of the work day. Without thinking I pick up the ringing phone, and communication begins almost instantly. It matters not whether the person on the other end of the line is next door or across the continent. Our voices are conveyed as speedily as if we were face to face.
A recent call, however, was markedly different. I never heard the voice of the person who initiated the call. She is deaf, I learned through the operator who facilitated the call. Though she might be able to produce intelligible sounds, she would not be able to hear my reply. To make her call possible she relied on a mediator. The link that was broken by her inability to hear was reconnected by the operator.
Job wasn’t deaf, but he felt disconnected from God. For years he had served his Lord faithfully, but trials were now about to crush him. Making matters worse was what seemed to be a breakdown in communication. Here is how Job described his feelings: “For [God] is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both” (Job 9:32,33Job 9:32,33
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32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, That we should come together in judgment. 33 There is no umpire between us, That might lay his hand on us both.

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, NKJV). What does one do when he can’t communicate with the only source of help available?
We know the feeling. We’ve brought it upon ourselves by our own stubbornness and rebellion against God’s will. Isaiah stated the case clearly: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1,2Isaiah 59:1,2
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59 1 Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it can’t save; neither his ear heavy, that it can’t hear: 2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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We broke our link with God. Though we cry out to him for help, he will not hear us because of those sins on our accounts. Are we doomed forever, without any hope of reconnection?
Paul responded to Job’s despair over having no mediator: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:51 Timothy 2:5
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5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

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In our sinful condition we could not approach God directly to ask for his mercy and help. Through Jesus, our mediator, we have that opportunity. Just as the operator enabled the deaf woman to communicate with me, so Jesus enables us to approach God. And don’t miss Paul’s main point in that statement: there is only one mediator between God and men.
How we need Jesus! A person who awakens to find their house on fire depends on a live telephone connection to call for the help needed. Those who find their souls in jeopardy from sin depend on the living connection Jesus established. May we do all we can to maintain that connection with our Lord!