The love of God is rich. Like the bottomless sea, His love never runs out. Neither does God’s grace. This is important to realize – if His love was scarce and His grace wanting, life would look a whole lot different. If God were stingy there would be a lack of natural resources to begin with. And without nature’s bounty our planet could not adequately support life.
Canadian Geese breed in the Northern sections of the United States. We have geese year-round in Arizona. In Springtime I like to watch them guiding their offspring to the water. Less than 24 hours after they are born, goslings will be lead to water by their parents to learn how to swim. They will be able to dive 30 feet underwater by the time they are 1 day old – amazing little creatures – it is heartwarming to see new life emerge in the months of spring.
Spring is the season of sprouting optimism and hope; it is the season of sowing and trusting that God’s resources will not run out. We can rely on God’s grace to do the same. There is no insult so offensive that would turn His grace off. Like a river, His energies are streaming into one direction: to encourage, to save and to preserve life. God, the life-giver, is forever opposed to death.
God’s salvation plan has come to full fruition when the Trinity split and Jesus became a human being. Jesus did not just fall from the skies to save us; He was born a baby and grew up to become part of our human network. He had a family name and relatives. He had friends and mortal enemies.
Exactly how Jesus’ sacrifice redeems us from the tyranny of death remains a mystery – however, when Jesus died on the cross His lifeblood redeemed all life forms. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans (Romans 8:19-21):
“In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!”*
In the world to come there will be no more death. All of creation is presently waiting for the day of the Lord, when life is completely restored. His redemption, however, is an offer we all can refuse. God gave us free will, and the choice to embrace Him is ours. Choosing life and leaving behind death is God’s sincerest wish for everybody.
(*Quoting from The New Testament in Modern English by J.B Phillips copyright © 1960, 1972 J. B. Phillips. Administered by The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Used by Permission.)