How far would you go for love?
There’s a loaded story in the Scriptures about how God’s chosen people decide to worship a golden calf in God’s ‘absence’.
What fascinates me even more is the conversation Moses has with God afterwards.
Of all the things to ask for, Moses requests forgiveness on behalf of these idiot friends of his…. otherwise ‘blot me out of the book you have written‘ (Exodus 32:32).
Whether you take this ‘book’ as some book of eternal life or some grand narrative God is authoring, this is astounding because Moses is willing to risk it all here.
Forgive their sins or blot me out.
Erase me from your memory.
I no longer want to be a character in this story of yours.
And Moses is talking to Someone who could make it all happen.
Of course this could just be crazy Old Testament talk, but then we encounter the life and death of Christ himself.
Emptying himself of any apparent Godhood; Squeezing his infinite divine self into a fragile and finite human body; being ridiculed, mocked, beaten, and nailed upon a cross – and for what? ‘Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do‘ (Luke 23:43).
I’m not sure what’s worse. Moses putting himself at the mercy of God, or Christ putting himself at the mercy of humanity. Either way they both put the very essence of who they were on the line, for the benefit of others.
And then there’s the Apostle Paul. In one of his letters he’s in sorrow and anguish as he reflects upon his people and bursts out ‘I wish I were cursed and cut off from Christ, for the sake of my brothers‘ (Romans 9:3).
There are many people with very good reason who would say that the apex of the Christian journey is being in God’s good book, eternity, salvation, peace with God, or even Christ himself. But the Scriptures seem to hint that there might be something so valuable, a love that we could be so enthralled by, that we’d give up even what we cherish most for.
What kind of mad love is this that would sacrifice absolutely everything for the sake of others?