The Big Picture of Christianity
The Big Picture of Christianity is the Love Affair between God and us. The Love Affair began in earnest with a Love Note that God sent to us. Jesus is the Love Note. Furthermore, the Love Story does not have an ending. Even the evil that we did to Jesus did not bring the Love Story to an end (Jeremiah 31:3). Note: God’s love for us is often unrequited.
CHRISTIANITY IS THE LOVE STORY THAT BEGAN WITH A LOVE NOTE FROM GOD TO US
A LOVE NOTE IS THE FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIANITY
God did not keep his love for us to himself. He did not bottle it up. He did not lock it away in the dungeon of his heart. He was not reticent about it. He expressed his love to us. How? GOD EXPRESSED HIS LOVE FOR US BY SENDING US A LOVE NOTE. JESUS IS THE EXPRESSION OF GOD'S LOVE FOR US. What genre of literature is the Word of God (John 1:1)? The Word of God is a LOVE NOTE - a LOVE NOTE from God to us.
God composed a LOVE NOTE to us in the Incarnation, delivered it to us in the form of a baby at Bethlehem, verified its genuineness in the violent collision between Jesus, our Savior, and the evil we did to him at and about Calvary, and celebrates its triumph over the serpent who waged war against it whenever a priest says a Mass.
THE LOVE NOTE IS THE FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIANITY. The edifice of Christianity is built upon the LOVE NOTE.
Have you read the LOVE NOTE?
Has the knowledge that God loves you sunk in? Have you absorbed it.? Has it permeated your understanding?
The Love Story Does Not Have an Ending
Indeed, Christianity is the love story that began with a love note from God to us. God has always loved us (Jeremiah 31:3). However, God’s courtship of humanity began in earnest with the love note. The beginning of the love story, however, isn’t as interesting as its end - or rather, isn’t as interesting as the fact that the love story does not have an end. The ending of the love story is missing. It is not where it is expected to be.
We tortured and killed him. He suffered and died. The End. The love story ought to have ended here. Yet, it did not. The love story continued past “The End”. Jesus did not stay dead and he did not stop loving us. He arose from the dead still alive and still in love with us. His love for us did not fade as we tortured him and did not die when we killed him. He and his love for us survived the evil we did to him.
That he emerged from the dead still alive is the indisputable proof of his power. Nobody emerges from the dead. He did.
That he emerged from the dead still in love with us, however, revealed to us something more significant about divinity than power. Our conception of divinity as power is incomplete. Divinity is also love - a mysteriously intransigent, inexplicably persistent and radically stubborn love (Isaiah 55:8-9) (Psalm 8:4-8).
His radically asymmetric answer to the evil we did to him is the most apocalyptic revelation about God that Jesus gave to us. The love story has no end! We did our best to bring it to an end. We tried to terminate the love story. But, we failed. God refused to end the love story. Wow! [ Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, a love story without end, Amen. Note: the world without end is a love story.]