Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, renowned in the field of pedagogical practice, devised a method of learning which they call Understanding by Design. They claim that the process and the products of learning must be made meaningful to learners so that they will be able to retain and apply knowledge. And educators can do so by focusing on the Enduring Understandings within each area of content. Simply put, when we focus on what is the lasting truth, the knowledge which is of the utmost importance, which will still stay true and last, long after they have left the classroom, learners will find that body of knowledge to be the most meaningful and therefore the easiest to retain.

So putting theory into practice, beloved child of God, Jesus wants you to know that the enduring understanding, the lasting truth which is of the utmost importance, the one thing that you must take away from this message, if nothing else, is that Jesus’ love for you, our Father’s love for you, endures forever.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 [NIV]

Beloved, today, let us meditate on two things, ‘endures’ and that which endures ‘His love’.

‘Endures’ is translated in a few ways, The Complete Jewish Bible translates it as ‘continues’, The Message Bible translates it as ‘never quits’. But the most common translation of the word is ‘endure’. This is no coincidence because the word ‘endure’ paints an infinitely more comprehensive picture of the truth behind our relationship with Jesus and with our Father than ‘continue’ or ‘never quit’ ever can.

The Oxford dictionary defines ‘endure’ as both to remain in existence; as well as suffer something painful or difficult patiently. And when we put these two together, we see exactly what Jesus and our Father go through when loving us.

In the beginning, God gave Adam and Eve control over all things.

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

But through their disobedience, sin was let into the world.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” Romans 5:12

Things got so bad, our Father decided enough was enough, and sent the flood to clean up the world and restore creation back to its proper order. But even so, He did not take control back from man. Instead, He gave control back to Noah, IMMEDIATELY after the waters subsided.

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are all given into your hand.” Genesis 9:1-2

And history has proven how well man has managed this inheritance that our Father put in our charge, so much so that our Father had to send Jesus to clean things up once and for all.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

And we know that the cleansing by the flood and the cleansing by the blood of Jesus were, to God, parallels to each other because just as our Father said after the flood,

“I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.” Genesis 8:21

our Father tells us through the prophet Isaiah regarding the saving work of Jesus,

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.” Isaiah 54:9

So despite our propensity to mess things up, our Father’s love still remains, patiently suffering the pain of our disobedience. Our Father’s love endures.

And our Father was not the only one who endured. Jesus endured physical pain and emotional suffering for the prophet Isaiah said,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Even to the point of having His Father turn His back on Him for our sakes, at which He cried,

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

He was still obedient to our Father’s wishes, “obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” Philippians 2:8

And at the end, He still said,

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

Yes beloved, Jesus also patiently suffered the pain of our obedience, Jesus also endured.

His love
And what is it that endures? His love. Now of this, every translation does it slightly differently. The Complete Jewish Bible translates it as ‘His grace’, the New King James translates it as ‘His mercy’, The Amplified Bible translates it as ‘His mercy and loving-kindness’ and the English Standard Version translates it as ‘His steadfast love’.

This is not because Bible scholars are fickle. Not at the least. This is because, the Jewish word for it is so rich, and the reality even richer, to paraphrase the words of the apostle John, if all the possible translations were written down, the whole world would not have room to contain the books that would be written.

But the root from which His mercy, grace and loving-kindness comes from is His steadfast love for us. For the apostle Paul tells us,

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Indeed, our Father’s love for us, Jesus’ love for us, suffered long. But it never paraded itself. It was never rude, but only always kind to the sinners, lepers, lame, blind and deaf who came Jesus’ way. Jesus did not seek His own will, but always sought to do our Father’s will. Our Father does not rejoice in pointing out our iniquity but instead sent Jesus to die on our behalf so that by His shed blood, we have no more iniquity. Our Father bears us up on His shoulders and covers us under His wings when things get rough. And most important of all, His love never fails.

Beloved child of God, even under extreme duress, Jesus interceded for you and sought the forgiveness of your sins. What else will He not do for you? If there is only one thing you take away from this message, let it be this.

For God so loved you, that He gave His only begotten Son, that you who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn you, but that you through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

My friend, Jesus said,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

If you have heard His calling, and would like to respond to Him, open the door to your heart and let Him in, then say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, I thank You that you love me. I am amazed at how Your love for me can make You sacrifice Your Son for my salvation. Thank You for enduring my disobedience, thank You for enduring me. Thank You Jesus for enduring my pain and suffering on that cross. Indeed, it should have been mine to bear for all the sins that I have committed. And indeed it would have been me, if not for You. Thank You that through the shedding of Your blood, I have full remission of sins and I am made right, cleansed, of all sin, just like the flood cleansed the earth. I come into Your presence with boldness, knowing that now I am in right relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved, Jesus loves you and His love, together with all the blessings, protection and provision that His love brings, will endure for you, forever.

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