My previous three ABC posts are: Rest with Him Run with Him, Stand Steady in His Strength, and Totally Trust the Truth. Today’s post is: Understand His Unfailing Love.
Understand His Unfailing Love? Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor during Jesus’ ministry. The unbelieving Jewish chief priests went to Pilate in order to get his permission to crucify Jesus. Pilate stood face to face with Jesus and was confused by His silent strength and unwavering mindset. In the midst of the betwixting conversation, Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” This unresolved internal conflict led Pilate to the persuaded external decision of turning Jesus over to the Jews to be crucified. Sadly, Pontius Pilate never understood the unfailing love of Jesus Christ. (See John 19:1-16)
Understand His Unfailing Love! There was another man named Nicodemus who also stood face to face with Jesus. One night, Nicodemus asked Jesus difficult questions. As he was listening intently to His answers he became confused, but he did not walk away. Instead, Jesus’ inviting words of being born of the Spirit captivated Nicodemus’ heart. From this middle-of-the night encounter with the great Teacher, Nicodemus began to understand the unfailing love of God, and he longed to know more of this beautiful Truth. Consequently, at the time of Jesus’ mock trial, Nicodemus boldly defended Jesus before his own Jewish council; he was no longer afraid to be a Christ-follower. And after Jesus was crucified, Nicodemus loyally helped bury His body. (see John 3:1-16, 7:50-52; 19:39-40)
When looking at these two men, they both asked questions. Pontius Pilate was pulled to the truth of Jesus’ heart, but then, he wishy-washingly stepped away. Nicodemus, on the other hand, decided to keep walking persistently forward. He asked one question at a time and gleaned from Jesus’ thought-provoking words. Jesus honored Nicodemus’ searching heart by giving him insight into the truth of who He is: the One who will give His life as a ransom for many.
Friends, let us seek Him with our whole heart. Remember, Jesus literally died to give you His unfailing love. Today, right now, He longs to be gracious to you, He waits on high to have compassion on you. (Isaiah 30:18). Will you receive this promise, personally, right now? Don’t back away from His words of truth; don’t give into the pressure of the world. Instead, be persistent with your questions, and He will be faithful with His answers. Make it your ambition to understand His unfailing love and you will NOT be disappointed.
“Let him who boasts, boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on the earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:24)
The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. (2 Chronicles 16:9)