Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Spinning the World in Reverse to Save Us

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

When I think of Superman: the Motion Picture, I think of the scene where Superman has saved the day, stopping Lex Luther's missiles, preventing a small town from flooding, keeping California from falling into the ocean, where he has saved everybody but Lois Lane. I picture Superman pulling her car from the earth where it had been swallowed by an earthquake and then laying her lifeless body on the ground. I think of him screaming at the top of his lungs in anguish and then flying so fast he goes back in time to save her. The desperation on Superman's face is what I picture because, even though he saved everybody else, he needed to save Lois because he loved her. And so Superman reversed the course of time (infamously, spinning the Earth backwards on its axis) so that he could save a single woman because of his great love for her.

Ephesians 2 relates what life was like for us before and after God saved us and tells us how and why God did.  It tells us that God saved us "because of his great love for us" (Ephesians 2:4, NIV). While God is good and wants everybody to be saved, God also experiences the same kind of desperation that we need to be saved. God doesn't just want to save us. God loves us and wants to make certain that we are saved. God loves us to the extent that God was willing to reverse the power of death to do it.

How often do you stop and think about God's great love for us? How often do you take the time to remember that God wanted you to be saved so much that God sacrificed his own Son. God didn't save you (or isn't going to save you) just because that is what God does. God acted to save you because God loves you more than you are humanly capable of loving God back. God loves you enough that the extreme torment that Jesus endured on our behalf was worth the cost.

As you live today, remember all that Jesus endured was motivated by God's great love for you. And as you look at the people around you, remember God's great love for them, too. 

What Did You Think Was Going to Happen?

Suggested Reading: Judges 16:4-21 or Judges 16 (the whole Samson and Delilah story) I may lose some readers over this statement, but.....