High /hī/: 1. of great vertical extent. 2. Greater than normal in quantity, size, or intensity. 3. Great in rank or status. 4. Excited, delirious. 5. Highly - at a high price. 6. From base to top. 7. Most intense part or period of something - pinnacle, climax, peak.
How high the Father's love for us! As I read through the story of the announcement and birth of Jesus, I noticed the number of times the word 'high' is used in this piece of scripture. For God so loved us that He sent His Son from the highest heaven to be born in a humble stable. This distance is a journey of high love. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High! Yet love compelled Him to come to earth as a completely dependent baby.
God loves us high! How high? Greater in size, intensity, and quality than we would know from any earthly love. He loved us so much He sent His One and Only Son from His place in heaven to come to earth to be born in a smelly stable. Not a noble birth of a king but the lowly birth of a servant. Jesus loved us so high He gave up His place in heaven to come to earth as a servant. He came to be obedient to the cross - but here I get ahead of today’s story.
God loves us so high He sent His Son to earth in order to make a way to adopt us to also be His children and heirs with Christ! That is a high ranking status! How great the love the Father has lavished on us that He would call us His children! (1 John 3:1)
God loves us so high that he paid a high price for us. First in giving up the comforts of heaven to join us on earth in the form of a human. Feeling hunger, thirst, discomfort, and temptation just like we do. This first coming of Christ point of history was a climax, peak and pinnacle in our redemption story. This was the high/height of God’s love for us. The sacrifice to bring us back to Himself.
For God so loved the world that HE GAVE His One and Only Son… Graciously and freely given. Remember the agony of Abraham walking, obediently up the mountain with no sacrifice but his son? How much more agony would sending Jesus to earth as a baby have caused the Father knowing He would have to be the perfect sacrifice. How much more are we loved by our heavenly Father than by anything or anyone on this earth. Amazing!
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. - Ephesians 3:18