Today's verses are John 3:13-15: "No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." My child, these verses express my heart for you.  Do you see in these verses my extraordinary, supernatural love for you?  Do you see in these verses the extent to which I'd go to bring you into a love relationship with me?

First, I descended from heaven to earth.  I left the splendor of heaven and entered the squalor of humanity.  I surrounded my divine glory with human flesh.  I was supernaturally conceived in the womb of a virgin, a young woman named Mary, in a stable in Bethlehem.  I was not born in majesty, in a palace, in Rome, the capital city of the world.  My conception and birth were insignificant in the world's eyes, thus showing God's love for the common person around the world, including you!

In human flesh, I became the perfect God/man.  I was the second Adam, the construction of what God intended all humanity to be before the Fall in the garden.  I was vulnerable to death the moment conception occurred.  If you ever doubt my love for you, look at the stable.  Look at my vulnerability to all things deadly on this earth as a baby.  I did this because of my great love for you.

I lived the perfect life you could never live because of your conception in sin.   For thirty-three years I perfectly obeyed the will of my Father in heaven.  We were always inextricably connected during my years on earth.  I heard his voice and obeyed his will.  Where you have failed in obedience to his will, I succeeded.  Not once did I fail to hear and obey.  All this was done for you because of my great love for you.

I, as the Son of Man, a unique term for Messiah that is only to be used by me, was "lifted up" on the cross to take upon myself the punishment you deserved for your sins.  The capital punishment of eternal death that should have been yours became mine.  Just like Moses lifted up the pole with the serpent on it in the wilderness, as people looked upon it and were healed of a plague, so when people look to my cross lifted up, so they are forever healed of their sin and given the gift of eternal life.  This was done for you because of my great love for you.

Finally, I was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven.  The resurrection proves my gift of eternal life for you is true.  If I remain dead in the tomb, so what?  I'm just a good man with a tragic ending.  But I didn't stay in the tomb.  The Holy Spirit raised me with a new resurrection body, to new life, the first resurrection body given to all after me who believe in me.  And I ascended to heaven to sit at my Father's right hand to rule over all the world until I return again.  All this was done for you because of my deep, eternal, abiding love for you.

If you should ever doubt my love for you, first look at my incarnation in the stable.  Then look at my thirty-three years of perfect obedience to my Father in heaven.  Then look at my cross, my suffering, for your sake.  Then look at my resurrection and ascension, both validating that my love for you is true.

If I can love you with this kind of depth, and you know this love by having received my free gift of eternal life by grace through faith, if all this is true, then...

You can trust me today.