"The LORD hath appeared of old
Yea, I have loved thee with an
therefore with loving-kindness
have I drawn thee."
"I have loved thee with an
means that God loved us and planned
our salvation even before the world
when we were but thoughts in the
creative mind of God.
"With loving-kindness have I drawn
tells us that His love was first
expressed in the kindness of our
and continued care.
But it is most beautifully expressed
in the kindness of our salvation.
What loving-kindness this is:
"God so loved the world that He gave
His one and only Son,
that whosoever believe in Him shall
but have everlasting life."
Wonderful love, indeed!
Looking beyond the cross to His
Jesus also promised,
"But I, when lifted up from the
will draw all men to Myself."
He drew us through Baptism and by His
He continues to draw us through the
preaching and teaching of His gospel
And at last, He will draw us to
to be with Him in heaven
and give us a crown of life.
Undying Love indeed!
God is the absolute center of all
All nature and all created things
revolve around Him.
He is the center of all His people,
who form a wide circle around Him.
His purpose is to draw them to
their center, in eternal life.
May you be drawn to the cross of
Giving Glory to God in Every
Jesus is our One true source of