Every feel you are not able to explain yourself adequately or communicate like you’d like? Looking at the theme “This is Love” those feelings well up inside me. Listen to Tozer:
“Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.” (A.W. Tozer, Holy, p. 98)
There it is. Our challenge…to translate that which is impossible to translate…to explain the
inexplicable…to make sense of something that makes no sense…that God would love the likes of you and I and trust us to be carriers of His love…mind-blowing! As we prepare 3 days of a very full and detailed schedule it still seems so very inadequate to tell the story that we need to tell. But please know, our childlike efforts are not without effect. This weekend we will help this generation “look up and have hope”! John 3:16 may be the Bible’s most famous verse but verses14-15 frame it inside the narrative when the Israelites were saved by looking to a symbol of hope.
“In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life. This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.”
This weekend, like kids pointing to a star, we will lift up hope…not in a star…but in Light of the World. Ready to point?