Whenever we talk about Jesus Christ, the word love is never far away. Most of us have heard the phrase, “God is Love”. This is a true statement, but that statement feels incomplete. This morning I wrote that a leader is one who loves deeply. In my mind I was thinking of Jesus’ love. Even adding the adjective deeply to the word love, didn’t quite fit the love that I feel from the King. The word that really seems to resonate with me is fierce. So… [pullquote position="right"]God is Ferocious Love![/pullquote] I think that as we read through the Gospels and define Jesus’ love by His life, the word that I would modify love with is fierce.
The word fierce is often used to describe wild animals, like lions. No coincidence, Jesus is the Lion of Judah.
Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
In this verse we see that Jesus, the Lion, has conquered. Conquering requires fierocity. We don’t often hear the word fierce used when referring to Jesus, but I think it is a vital part of who Christ is.
So often we think of Jesus as the humble, quiet, Christ that spoke only a few words to His accusers before His crucifixion. But, behind all of the true humility was a fierce love for you and I. [pullquote]You see the fight wasn’t against those who held him captive, the fight was against the one that would like to hold us captive-Satan.[/pullquote] A human display of what we would consider fight, at that point, would have only demonstrated weakness to the true enemy. You see the fierce love that Christ showed for us at the cross was beyond the realm of the temporal. His fierce love was stronger than any human fight, it went beyond the here and now into eternity. Christ’s fierce love walked through hell and back for you and I. No love is fiercer than that.
The truth is Christ could have chosen to look fierce and fight the guards. He even could have called down an army of angels to look fierce with Him. That would have certainly halted the coming crucifixion. But, the enemy wasn’t fighting the man Christ, the enemy was fighting the eternal Christ. Looking fierce, and loving with ferocity are very different. His ferocious love is what held Him to the cross and defeated the enemy.
Christ’s love is so fierce, it will endure anything to protect us, even hell. Christ’s love is so fierce, it will forgive anything to save us. The only thing that Christ’s love will not overcome is our choice to not believe and love Him back. Christ loves you with ferocity! He has fought and won the eternal battle for you. That is a love you should fiercely accept!