Ever feel like your head is about to explode? Maybe it was in a class or seminar where the information was shooting out of a fire hose. I’ve felt that way, trying to wrap my mind around what Einstein was thinking, or figure out why my computer wasn’t working. The first time I saw the Grand Canyon, I just couldn’t comprehend the size and scope of it. It was too much to take in. At times like that, it would be nice to push a button to get a mental power boost.
There’s a prayer for that kind of a power boost in the Bible. The prayer is for the power to comprehend the vast love of Jesus! It’s too vast, too much. There’s no way to take it all in, without a supernatural power boost from the Spirit of God. Check it out. I’ve highlighted the main ideas in the prayer, but don’t dance lightly over the other stuff; it’s all important and all amazing:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, … (Ephesians 3:16-18)
The idea is that the love of Jesus is so immeasurable, it would make your head explode. It’s too much to comprehend without spiritual help, even for those who, by faith in Jesus, have been “rooted and grounded” in His love. We are like seedlings who cannot imagine becoming a flower. Or a tree.
Perhaps that is why some reject Jesus, saying His crucifixion is too cruel to be required by a good God. Perhaps they only see the cruelty because it is impossible to comprehend the love.
More on this next time…