Pastor’s Blog February 2016

February is the month for romance. This year has Valentine’s Day as usual but also it’s a leap year, when tradition allows a woman to propose to her man. So perhaps love is in the air. I have to admit that I am not one of the world’s great romantics I once in a distracted moment signed my Valentines card to Margaret, “Love from Philip N Dixon.”
I came across a quote recently from Jonathan Edwards the American pastor-theologian of the 18th century in which he wrote that, “… everything in the world was created so that the eternal Son of God might obtain a spouse.” Now that’s a thought worth pondering. The bible ends with the marriage of Christ to his radiant bride the church, the bible has at its heart a love story.
Also recently I heard someone say in a sermon that God found a solution to the problem of sin. I was struck by the use of the word, “solution” and I have to admit it jarred with me. In a sense there is nothing wrong with it yet it seems to fall so far short of what the bible says. Consider this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” John 3:16.
“This is love not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10.
As I’ve reflected on this I have come to see that since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden the only possible outcome was that Jesus would die, not because it’s a solution to a very difficult puzzle but because it is the inevitable consequence of the loving nature of God. Jesus died because he loves us and he loves his Father. Jesus died to purify for himself a bride, a people, upon whom he can lavish his love for all eternity. The most romantic story ever told cannot compare to the epic love of Christ with which we are loved.

Phil Dixon