No Greater Love
True hope is a rare but essential asset in life. I am writing to share the hope that I have found in a supernatural way when I came across a young man on a pedestrian street of Boston. He began to tell the small crowd that the majority of people tend to seek for FULLFILLMENT and SUCCESS in the following things. As he spoke, he stroked a paintbrush, wet with water, over a blank sheet of art paper upon an easel. One by one, words began to appear such as:
CAREER, SOCIAL STATUS, EDUCATION, WEALTH, MATERIAL POSSESIONS, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS, MARRIAGE, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, SOCIALIZING, GOOD TIMES, RECREATION
He explained that all of these things could not truly fulfill. I knew that all of the things listed were essentially good and had their place in life, but for me personally, I was always looking for that “SOMETHING MORE” to life. What really surprised me was that he gave a clear direction to what that “SOMETHING MORE” to life was. As he stroked the paintbrush, the water revealed a painting of a cross with a sunrise behind it.
From the very beginning of his presentation, I had experienced a presence around me, and I was aware, by the faces of the others, that they were also experiencing this same powerful yet gentle presence. Before the presentation began, the faces in the audience each had their own uniqueness about them.
Once the presentation had begun, the faces in the audience all appeared to be the same as if masks had supernaturally been removed. At the end, everyone just stood there frozen. I was amazed that no one thanked him. I approached him, shook his hand, and thanked him. I thought to myself that maybe I should give Jesus a good hard second look. I was so impressed that the young man had known how I felt inside.
Later that day, while driving, I thought of his words and decided to see if I could find a New Testament radio program on the AM radio band, even though I never really listened openly to “religious” programs before. I wanted to hear more of what I had heard earlier on the street. As I searched the radio stations, I heard a man speaking about God.
The same powerful yet gentle presence that was around me on the street earlier in the day FILLED THE COMPARTMENT OF MY CAR.
The man on the radio stated,
“God truly does love you and does not want the things you have done wrong, as well as the things you didn’t do that you should have done, to continue to be a barrier between you and Him. He is not holding those things against you they have all been far removed from the picture a long time ago God has already abolished them, and the guilt thereof, when His Son voluntarily gave His life over to those things to take them out of the picture forever. He has done this through the giving of His life on the cross.
When He gave His life on the cross, what He was actually doing was taking upon Himself the full penalty for all of your personal wrongdoings, as well as the things you didn’t do that you should have done It is not true that you have to pay for those things after you pass from this life”
He also spoke of God raising Him from the dead.
As I previously stated, the same powerful yet gentle presence that was around me on the street earlier in the day FILLED THE COMPARTMENT OF MY CAR.
In that moment of time, I could literally see in my mind Jesus voluntarily giving His life for me on the cross and I understood that I had been carrying the heavy burden of my sins for the majority of my life, when in actuality – God and Jesus had already taken care of them almost two thousand years ago. It was revealed to me that God was not counting our sins against us. He only desires for us to be reconciled to Himself I don’t feel many people can honestly deny that the greatest act of love that a person can perform on this earth is to give one’s life for another. I discovered that Jesus did that very thing for us as part of God’s plan to take away the things that keep us from truly embracing and following Him. I saw that God’s plan was to draw us to Himself through this greatest act of love and that there is no greater way for Him to reveal His love for us.
I asked out loud,
“What should I do?”
THE MAN ON THE RADIO IMMEDIATELY AND CONCISELY ANSWERED ME,
“THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO – PRAY.”
I thought to myself, Pray? It couldn’t be that simple I was amazed that he immediately and concisely answered my question as if he could actually hear my voice.
I once again inquired out loud,
“What should I pray?”
Once again, the man on the radio IMMEDIATELY AND CONCISELY ANSWERED MY QUESTION,
“THIS IS WHAT YOU SHOULD PRAY… TELL GOD, WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS IN YOU AND WITH NO RESERVATIONS, THAT YOU ARE NOW RECEIVING THAT WHICH HIS SON DID FOR YOU WHEN HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU ON THE CROSS.”
A battle of thoughts began to arise within me. I knew that which I was hearing and experiencing was of God, but something was still holding me back from praying. I did not want to carry my sins any longer they were wearing me down I could see clearly that Jesus could set me free from them, but something was still holding me back. The powerful yet gentle presence, FILLING THE COMPARTMENT OF MY CAR, helped me through the negativity that was holding me back and I SHOUTED,
IF YOU ARE REAL,
AND HEAVEN IS REAL,
AND WHAT I HAVE HEARD CONCERNING YOUR SON IS THE TRUTH –
THEN I NEED TO KNOW NOW AND I NEED TO KNOW FOR SURE!
I DO NOT WANT TO WASTE MY LIFE IF THIS IS TRUE THEN PLEASE SHOW ME!
I BELIEVE WHAT I HAVE JUST HEARD!”
And with everything that was in me I ONCE AGAIN SHOUTED,
IMMEDIATELY, AND WITHIN MY ENTIRE BEING, I EXPERIENCED A LOVE GREATER THAN ANYTHING ON THIS EARTH WHICH WAS SO INTENSE THAT I HAD TO PULL MY CAR OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
I believe God gave me this experience because I was in such deep darkness and so far away from Him that there was no other way for me to be turned around. I admire other believers whom God needed only to reveal Himself in a more gentle and gradual way – believers who were more receptive to God’s “still small voice” and were not so stubborn as I was for most of my life. I also admire believers that came to know God at a young age.
I really wasted a good portion of my life, but I thank God that He helped me when He did. I believe that this was God’s way of showing me that HE IS REAL, that HEAVEN IS REAL, that this short life on earth is not the end, that it doesn’t matter what we have done wrong, as well as what we have failed to do that was right – He Loves us and will forgive us, that we do not have to wait until AFTER we die to experience His Love and forgiveness, that salvation is by the grace of God and not by religious or spiritual practices, that we can experience God in a deeply personal and powerful way, that even though Jesus did die by the hands of evil men – it was all His and the Father’s plan to use the greatest act of evil man has ever committed of murdering the Son of God and turn it into the greatest act of love using it as the means to draw us to Himself, and that His Love for us is greater than we can even comprehend while passing through this life!
Thank You God for being our Hope!