Woman Behold Thy Son
Sermon shared by Eric Aschendorf
Summary: Each of us is called to present the love of GOD to a world that is suffering with a void in their lives. Each of us is called to carry forth the love of GOD to HIS creation. Is your life all about you or is it all about HIM?
Audience: General adults
When Lucifer fell, as noted in Isa 14:11-15 and took with him 1/3 of the angels, he created a void in GOD. This void is comprised of missing love, that portion of HIS essence that had been used to create those angels. Those angels, just like everything else, were created out of GOD’s being, out of HIS essence. HE spoke them into existence out of the only thing, which existed before anything existed and that is HIS being.
This is expressed in another way in John 1:1-5;
Jhn 1:1 In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.
Jhn 1:2 The same was in the beginning with GOD.
Jhn 1:3 All things were made by HIM; and without HIM was not any thing made that was made.
Jhn 1:4 In HIM was life; and the life was the light of men.
Jhn 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
From this, it is easy to see that the WORD, which we understand from further reading in the Book of John, was JESUS. Thus we also see the fact that JESUS was the very essence of The FATHER, that he was “love” incarnate.
Then HE created mankind as an expression of HIS love. HE did so in order that those who accepted HIS love would return it unto HIM. In returning this love to HIM we would thereby be fulfilling or completing HIM. As HE is our Shalom or our completeness we therefore would complete HIM as well, in a sense!
With that said we must understand the Greek in order to understand what “love” is as we read it. It is not the "sloppe agape" that is shown by most kids in love or even what is said to be love by most “church-folk”. In John 15:9 we find the truth of love. Jhn 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. This kind of love is an unconditional love. A love that gives but does so not give because it is "really" expecting to receive in return! I emphasize “really” because it is almost impossible for us to conceive of one without some level of the other and because there does exist some level of expectation. That is to say that GOD gave and did or does expect to receive in return. I don’t think I’m making this really very clear but I hope you can find my point in this that it is to be considered an unconditional love. You give love because you are love! That is your essence. You give love whether you are going to get it back or not. You give this love simply because that is what you are and it is essentially all you can do.
This is what is being expressed in Jhn 3:16 For GOD so loved the world, that he gave .... When JESUS came to the earth it was because The FATHER was giving of HIS essence.
When JESUS died on the cross it was because HE was giving of The FATHER’s essence (Luk 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.)
This is also what happened in the beginning when GOD said;
Gen 1:26 And GOD said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: .... GOD made mankind in HIS own image and it was alone. It, mankind, was missing a part of it’s own essence just as GOD now existed missing part of HIS own essence because when Lucifer fell he took part of GOD’s expression of love with him. It, mankind, had nothing to express it’s love
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