O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus (I Tim. 1:14).
Paul, like the author of this hymn, is amazed at the deep, deep love of Jesus. Once a persecutor of the church, now an Apostle of the church. Once an enemy of God, now a messenger for God. Once ignorant, angry, and cruel; now loving, kind, and faithful. Once a profane man, now a believing man. Paul, transformed by the love of Jesus, proclaims the grace he has found in Jesus. Paul understood he was a sinner. He repented. God forgave. What he once knew no longer mattered; only that now he knows Jesus. His life forever changed. The grace of God, exceedingly abundant, extended to Paul, a man whose heart and life have been renewed by the forgiveness of God. Paul has come to know the grace of God through His Word, repentance, testimony, and prayer. The grace of God, pouring over Paul as mighty ocean waves, swelling, billowing, advancing without end.
As the waves wash over the shoreline, so does the grace of God wash over us when we recognize our sins and repent. In the movie, The Chosen, Phillip explains to Matthew that “Once you’ve met the Messiah, ‘am’ is all that matters.” Not what you were before, but who you are now. Jesus’ love, undeserved and abundant, His favor unwarranted and benevolent, His salvation, unmerited and free. When we know the grace of God, faith and love abound. Faith gives us hope in a hopeless world. The bitterness, anger, and hatred we once knew are crushed under the love of God. We are not who we once were. We have met Jesus. He has imparted His grace into our souls, His grace, evidenced by our love that freely flows from within us, pouring out onto the lives of those around us.
Do you define yourself by your past sins? Do others define you by who you were before you met Jesus? God does not. ‘Am’ is all that matters. You have met Messiah. Let His deep, deep love wash over you. Let His grace shield you from the troubles that would try to pull you under this day. Won’t you let the faith and love of Jesus spring forth in you? Immerse yourself—your mind, your heart, your soul—in His love. Though all around is clamoring for your attention, your time, your heart, you can ask the Lord to preserve your heart, your life for Him. Let His love encompass you. “O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!”