The Perch

Looking ahead a few weeks, we enter into the season of Lent on St. Valentine Day, February 14. How appropriate. Talk about love: God loved us so much that He gave up His Only Son, Jesus, so that you, I and the whole world could be saved from sin, death, hell and devil. I don't know about you, but the fact that we begin the penitential season of Lent on such a note that defines true love that God would put you first and best above His own Son, is worth more than all the chocolate hearts that we would give to show our appreciation and love for each other. Besides, many of us give up something for Lent.

But I don't think for one minute that giving up chocolate, tobacco, liquor or anything that in moderation is not sinful, is worth what our God gives up for us: Jesus, His Son, True Man, True God. 1 John 4:10 tells us this fact of God in His act of love toward us: "In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

The ten-dollar word "propitiation" jumps out at us. Here Jesus Christ is called the "propitiation for our sins," because by His becoming our substitute and assuming our obligations, He covered our sin and guilt; He endured the punishment for us.  He propitiated or covered us with His righteousness and forgiveness, and we "wear" Him daily.

So, when God looks at you, He sees His Son; when you look to God, you see Christ, God in the flesh. You are covered with Christ, in whom you died and now live. That's love from God. Happy St. Valentine Day.