Rev. Norman Sulaica, Jr. grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, OH.
Pastor Norm, his wife, Laura, and their four children joined the Our Savior Family in 2003.
Grace and peace be unto you from our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1
We are invited by John to notice God’s love for us. So, we should raise the question, “What kind of love does the Father have for us?”
The key word in this question and in John’s passage – Love. The original Biblical Greek word is “agape” love. Agape love means “sacrificial love”. It describes the actions that place others before ourselves. As mothers or fathers, we illustrate agape love for their children. Late night cries from our babies awaken us to the need for food, fresh diapers, or comfort assuring that mom and dad are near. Sleepless nights for our baby are forms of agape love. Traveling long distances to work on your daughter’s car is a form of agape love. Listening to our children’s pain and stressed filled life into the early hours of the morning is agape love. Our children grow older and yet our parental call provides new and unthought of ways to share agape love.
Using the parental name – Father – in the scripture reading offers to us insight about our relationship with God. God is our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father shares His agape love with us. Truth be told, God is the originator of agape love. Creating the heaven’s and the earth, and then making the man and woman and then breathing into them His Holy Spirit to begin life is a form of agape love. Food, water, and air gifted to us by God are forms of agape love. Forgiving a wayward King David, because of adultery and murder is yet another example of agape love. The greatest example of this special sacrificial love is Jesus’ willingly to go to the cross and dies for our sins. Giving one’s son so that the many can be saved is agape love. Dying so that we can live is agape love. Rising from the grave so that God’s abounding grace can give each believer eternal life is yet another dimension to God’s agape love.
Lately, this Easter message of new life gives to me new profound understanding of God’s nature. Our God does what is essential for our sake! Sin, evil, death, and the devil needs to be defeated and deleted influences in our life today and eternally. “Thank you Jesus” is the appropriate faith response to God’s agape love given to us – for us!
God’s blessing be with you.
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