Forget bunnies and chocolate and jelly beans and brunch. A prayer by the Apostle Paul sets the table for our Easter celebration:
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3:17-19
Through God's Word, our deepest desire is that He would help us understand the depth of Christ's love for us. That is a tall order. But with God, all things are possible.
Here are four keys to understanding the depth of the love of Jesus Christ
1. The Costliness Of His Love.
Ephesians 5:2 says, "And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." His love was strong enough that he was willing to give up his life for us. Not just some conveniences, but his life. And not in a quick way. But in the most horrible suffering imaginable…death on the cross.
2. How Little We Deserved This Costly Sacrifice.
Here's how Paul describes the harsh reality of our broken nature: