"Falling in Love with the Prince of Life"
God the Risky Lover
is craving our love, almost to a point of desperation and violence.
He is like a giant, eternal vacuum, poised to suck up any bit of
love we offer Him. His cry for love finds its origin in eternity--but
it is at the cross--in a moment of time--where we see this so
graphically demonstrated. God is dying for our love. Jesus is the
Lamb . . . slain before the foundation of the world
(Revelation 13:8 KJV). Without question this is a mystery of
infinite magnitude, but this should not surprise us for we serve an
What God has done for us can be seen in just about any love story.
There comes a pivotal point when the hero must make his move and
declare his love for the woman who has stolen his heart. In the
movie, The Sound of Music, Captain Von Trapp goes out
searching for Maria to tell her that he loves her. Upon finding her
alone in a garden gazebo, late one night, he enters to be with her.
Then, in a scene of romantic splendor, he musters up his courage and
tenderly reveals his love for her.
the movies they usually live happily ever after, but in real life
such a declaration of love is very risky. When we desire someone so
much, there comes a time we must let that person know how we feel
about them. We bare open our soul and offer up our heart to them. In
so doing we give enormous power to the object of our affection. With
our declaration an unspoken question automatically follows with it,
“Do you love me?” In receiving a no, our heart comes crashing
down, but if we get a yes, our heart is sent flying above the
Herein lies the wonderful, yet disturbing, reality: God loves us so
much He decided to take the same risk with us. In Christ, He left
eternity, entered into time, and offered His love to us. On the
cross Jesus poured out Himself to death (Isaiah 53:12). And
in a sense He placed His heart at our feet. Jesus says, “Behold I
stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the
door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20). Truly we have
been presented with the most beautiful love overture imaginable.
Like Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Jesus has
gone out into the darkness of the world, into the night of our
lives, looking for us. Finally, spying us from afar, He finds us
sitting alone in the garden gazebo of our hearts. He approaches us,
asking for permission to enter into the gazebo, into our hearts, to
be with us. Where at great personal risk He reveals His love for us.
We have God’s heart in our hands! To our astonishment we have been
given all power and authority over the heart of Him Who has
all power and authority. God has given us the power to reject Him,
to crush Him, and break His heart, as Judas did when he went out to
betray Him. Or to accept His offer of love and to soar with Him into
the heavenly realms and live happily ever after. This is a love
story that transcends any movie or storybook romance. The sobering
part about it, is it’s true, it’s not a fairy tale.
God knew beforehand whether we would love Him or not, love wouldn’t
be real--it would just be a game. God had to take the risk and set us
free, so true love could exist. This is not to nullify the fact that
in Christ, all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form
(Colossians 2:8, 9). And as the Son of God, Jesus knew all the
things that were coming upon Him (John 18:4). But somehow in
Christ God put enough restrictions upon Himself to become a man and
experience life as we do--
moment at a time.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was
Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the
of God, did not regard equality with God a thing
be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form
a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of
men. Being found in appearance as a man, He
Himself by becoming obedient to the point of
even death on a cross
Jesus is the great mystery. He is the meeting place of:
heavenly and the earthly
divine and the profane
- God and
Jesus Christ comes into our world as a carpenter from Galilee but
also as Emmanuel--God with us. God becoming a man and
living with us so we could have the opportunity to love Him from our
own initiative shows His deep love for us. And His deep desire to be
loved. The beauty of this is beyond explanation. God has given us
the liberty to love Him!
from Falling in Love with the Prince of Life
2009 Michael J. Silberg