Have you ever been left speechless after seeing something of great beauty? I have. I can’t even begin to describe that golden sunset at the Oregon Coast, the kaleidoscope of life and color housed in the coral reef of Thailand, or the smiles on the faces of orphans in India as they laugh and play with a brand new soccer ball. There are no words.
But all that pales in comparison to the profound beauty of my daughters and my memories of them as precious newborn babies, cute and comical toddlers, smiling schoolchildren, laughing teenagers, adventurous and determined college students, and committed followers of God. I can’t get over their hugs, and their love for each other, for their mother, and for me. There are no words.
And yet, all that beauty—and even the most beautiful thing you and I can think of— is but a shadow of the radiant grandeur of the heart of God:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV)
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8, NLT)
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. … [And] those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” (John 6:35, 37 NLT)
Jesus will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. … He says, “Look, I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:4-5, NLT)
O the beauty . . . there are no words.