Good morning Divine Perspective Readers. It’s been a while, and I am sorry for the recent inconsistencies. A lot has been going on around here which made posting articles a bit difficult, but thank God I’m back. A few guys reached out to know what was going on, and that was quite thoughtful. Today on Divine Perspective, we will be talking about “Ridiculous Love”. The deepest need of any man is to be loved, and that’s why God’s greatest gift to man is Love. Ministering to you at your point of greatest need is the best gift I could ever give you. John 3:16 the popular verse of scripture talks about how God so loved the world that He gave everything that mattered to Him, just so He could have the possibility of getting us back to Him. You know what amazes me the most about the love of God? The fact that he gave ALL that mattered to Him, without the assurance of anyone ever accepting His love. It was possible for nobody to ever accept Jesus, but He gave Him anyways just to demonstrate His kind of love towards us. The best way I could explain that is simply “RIDICULOUS”. It’s a love that makes no sense, that’s why it’s called Agape. It’s beyond the terrestrial understandable kind of love. God was vulnerable to man, God was left at the mercy of man and then He risked His heart being broken, just to show us how much He loved us and how ridiculous an extent He could go to just prove His undying love for us.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, Christ died for us.
We would never know how much God loves us until we have a clue about how much He loves Jesus. Jesus was all God had. I’ll repeat that; Jesus was ALL God had. Bible says, without the Word, there was nothing made that was made. Jesus was EVERYTHING The Father had, and guess what? Jesus is EVERYTHING The Father has even now. He gave up THAT Jesus, so He could have the “possibility” of having you. Giving up Jesus was not going to guarantee our salvation, else everyone in the world would be saved, but He gave Him still, just to have that chance at the very least of having us back to Himself. RIDICULOUS isn’t it? There is this parable in Matthew 13 that has been often misinterpreted. It talks about a Merchant who found a goodly pearl on a piece of land, and how that He went to sell all He had in order to buy that land, so He could have the goodly pearl. Over the years, we interpreted the Merchant to be us believers, the piece of land was interpreted to be the Kingdom of God, and the goodly pearl was interpreted to mean the ministry or calling we have received from God. We thought we were the ones that needed to go sell all we had so we could enter the kingdom and then possess our ministry, and we must have lost all we had to gain this Kingdom and Ministry. If you ever had it interpreted this way, you’re not alone, because I also did at some point.
Matthew 13:45 (KJV) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
While studying further however, I realised that there was nowhere in the parables of Jesus where He referred to man as the merchant. There is only one merchant/master/good man the parables of Jesus referred to, and that was God the Father. He was indeed the one that had something valuable to sell. We couldn’t be the Merchant, else we couldn’t get the field, because we had nothing. Ephesians 2 says we were DEAD in trespasses. We had nothing to sell even if we wanted to. God was the Merchant, because He had something valuable to give up for what He desperately loved. We were the goodly pearl, trapped in the decadence of this world, hopeless and without God, we were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel. We had always been a pearl. We did not become a pearl only after He gave up Jesus for us, we had always been a pearl in His eyes. Ever since creation, we had been the crown jewel of His creation. It was because He valued us as pearls that He was willing to give up ALL HE HAD, just to get us. Jesus was ALL God had to sell and give up. Jesus was all the worth of God. If you valued God, His net worth would be CHRIST. Ephesians 3:8. He then went ahead to give up Jesus for us all.
Romans 8:32(KJV) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
That is why prepositions like “in Christ, through Christ, by whom, in whom, etc” appear over 130 times in the New Testament, because there is NOTHING God wants to give you that would not have to be through Christ. If you ask God for anything outside Christ, He does not have it! Apostle Paul therefore said “if God has given us ALLLLLL He had, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?” I like to use this illustration; if I have given you a private jet, is it a toothbrush I cannot give to you? If you look well into the Jet, you will find a brush somewhere there. Many Christians run out of Christ trying to look for what can only be found in Christ. We’ve got Christ, we’ve got God’s best. John and Peter remembered they had the name of Jesus as a spiritual legal tender at the beautiful gate, and they converted it to healing for one lame man and salvation for thousands of souls.
I don’t know about you, but for me, this love is ridiculous, it makes no casual sense, it can only be understood by deep meditations and prayers, as prayed in Ephesians 3:14-21. That we may know the love of Christ that passeth understanding… You can’t understand the Father’s love like you understand Physics. It’s an eternal impartation of knowledge into your spirit man that will definitely alter your sense of value forever. We are valuable to Him. He made us valuable by choosing to exchange for us, the most priceless and invaluable means; The Blood of Jesus. Don’t I just love Him? Have a great week ahead. Never forget; God is crazy about you…