“I Will Love You Forever”

March 2, 2008 1Jn 4:7-19  Play AUDIO (mp3)  Play VIDEO (wmv)

O the Deep, Deep...Ocean

o      God’s love greater than deepest ocean (Rom 5:8)

o      Cross an unusual symbol for a major religion

1.The BREADTH of the cross: wide enough to include you

o      If part of ‘the world’, are included in God’s love (Jn 3:16)

2.The LENGTH of the cross: long enough to protect you

o      1) God punishes sin: holy so can’t tolerate evil (Hab 1:13)

o      2) God loves sinners: God IS love (1Jn 4:16; Rom 5:8)

o      3) God put our sin on His Son and punished it there (2Cor 5:21; Mk 15:34; Rom 8:1)

3. The DEPTH of the cross: deep enough to change you

o      Princess chose to show affection to son despite deadly consequences

4. The HEIGHT of the cross: high enough to lift you

o      Startling to see Jesus lifted high – even in re-enactment

o      A ‘ladder unto heaven’

Reach Out and Rely on the Reservoir

o      Son’s atoning sacrifice shows God’s love, brings us life (1Jn 4:9f, 16)

o      God’s love has “extravagant dimensions (Eph 3:17-19 MSG)