The Depth and Breadth of Love

"... they set out to take charge of Him, convinced He was out of His mind"

Mark 3:21
Genesis 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-8; II Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35

A bishop who was devoted to the Love of God was among the victims of the French Revolution. He was committed to prison and awaited execution. The one tiny window that admitted light into his dark dungeon was in the form of a cross. After the Bishop’s execution, his jailers found written at the top of that window, “height,” and below the window, “depth.” On one side of that cross was carved “length” and on the other, “breadth.” In the end, the Bishop died knowing that we enter the depth and breadth of God’s Love in and through the Cross of Christ. 

As the end neared for Jesus, people’s reactions to His life and ministry were mixed. Judas, the betrayer, and John, the beloved, stood at the foot of the Cross, faithful to the end. Some were changed by Jesus’ teaching and spellbound by His preaching. Some saw Him as a threat to the authority and lofty status of the religious leaders. 

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