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HE CHOSE THE NAILS


Max Lucado writes:

...God’s list contains the name of every person who ever lived. For this is the scope of his love. And this is the reason for the cross. He loves the world.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son" (John 3:16 NLT)

As boldly as the center beam proclaims God’s holiness, the crossbeam declares his love. And, of, how wide his love reaches.

Aren’t you glad the verse does not read:

"For God so loved the rich..."?

Or, "For God so loved the famous..."?

Or, "for God so loved the thin..."?


It doesn’t. Nor does it state, "for God so loved the Europeans or Africans..." " the sober or successful..." "the young or the old..."

No, when we read John 3:16, we simply (and happily) read, "For God so loved the world."

How wide is God’s love? Wide enough for the whole world. Are you included in the world? Then you are included in God’s love.

It’s nice to be included. You aren’t always. Universities exclude you if you aren’t smart enough. Businesses exclude you if your not qualified enough, and, sadly, some churches exclude you if you aren’t good enough.

But though they may exclude you, Christ includes you. When asked to describe the width of his love, he stretched one hand to the right and the other to the left and had them nailed in position so you would know he did loving you.

But isn’t there a limit? Surely there has to be an end to this love. You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But David the adulterer never found it. Paul the murderer never found it. Peter the liar never found it. When it came to life, they hit bottom. But when it came to God’ s love, they never did.

They, like you, found their names on God’s list of love. And you can be certain that the One who put it there knows how to pronounce it.



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