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Advent 2 God So Loved: Unrequited


Issue 632

I don’t think anyone can go through life without the experience of unrequited love.  From the childhood crush, the teenage heartache to adult life stories everyone at some point loves someone who does not love them in return.  Songs, poems, novels, movies and lives are full of these stories.  It is certainly a painful experience.

This Advent we are looking at God’s intense, passionate, aching love for us.  Yet love, if it is real love, can also be rejected.

God’s unrequited love can be dramatically viewed as Jesus, the One and Only, weeps over Jerusalem.  He weeps for what they have rejected, and he weeps for what is to come.  He uses touching imagery to reveal his own heart.

“How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing”.
Here is the offer of protection, care, embrace, but it is rejected, not once but many times.  Not only Jesus’ love, but prophet after prophet brings love messages from God and then were battered to death. 

Again, in the verses that inspired Lord of the Dance, Jesus tells them that even though God played music they would not dance and even though he played sad songs they would not weep.

God so loved, offers an embrace, a dance, a song, but it is met with rejection.  God knows the pain of unrequited love.  For all our sakes, this does not stop him as you will see next week.

Work well today,

Geoff Shattock

© Geoff Shattock  December 2019


Matthew 11:16-17
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you,  and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

Matthew 23:37

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Luke 19:41
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it

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