â€œThat ye . . . may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.â€ (Ephesians 3:17-19)
The theme of the inspiring hymn â€œO the Deep, Deep Love of Jesusâ€ is the infinite love Christ displayed for us through His gracious life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection from the grave, followed by His present ministry on our behalf.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches oâ€™er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth oâ€™er them from the throne!
His love cannot be earned but was freely extended to us. Even greater than that, it was given when we were sinners by choice and nature. â€œGod commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for usâ€ (Romans 5:8).
His love for us never fails and never changes: â€œJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and foreverâ€ (Hebrews 13:8). He was willing to die so that our death penalty would be paid and to adopt us into His family. Even now He rejoices over us. â€œThe LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singingâ€ (Zephaniah 3:17).
He now oversees us from His place at the right hand of His Father, making intercession for us. â€œWherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for themâ€ (Hebrews 7:25). Such love is deep indeed. JDM