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How wide, how long, how high, how deep

Ephesians 3:17-21

17 I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. 18 And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. 19 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.

20 With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. 21 To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

This is one of my favourite pieces of scripture, when I don’t know what to pray for when I can’t find the words to pray for someone. I pray that they will know the unfathomable love of God and Paul’s words in Ephesians put it far more eloquently than ever could.

The Amazon River is one of the biggest rivers in the world, even during the dry season it is about six point eight miles wide. When things get rainy, it more than doubles its width to twenty four point eight miles

In Dry season, the Amazon covers forty two and half thousand square miles or roughly the land area of Cuba. This triples during the wet season, when it reaches just over one hundred and thirty five thousand square miles about the approximate size of Germany.

The Pan-American Highway is the longest road in the world it begins in Alaska. It passes through Canada, the United States and Mexico. Then it continues down the west coast of South America all the way to Chile. Altogether, the highway passes through 12 countries. It passes through jungles and mountains. The road is about sixteen thousand miles long.

The tallest trees in the world are redwoods which tower above the ground in California. These trees can easily reach heights of three hundred feet or ninety one meters. The tallest of the redwoods was discovered in 2006, and is three hundred and seventy nine feet tall, that’s one hundred and fifteen meters tall.

The Mariana Trench is the deepest known point in the Earth’s oceans. In has been measured at ten thousand nine hundred and ninety four meters below sea level. If Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, were placed at this location it would be covered by over one mile of water.

All of these earthly things are astonishing, but they are measurable. Ephesians says Christ’s love is greater than any person can ever know. It’s so big it’s hard for us to comprehend.

There is a song we sometimes sing in the Prep School called Our God is a great big God the words to the verse are

He’s higher than a skyscraper

He’s deeper than a submarine
He’s wider than the universe
And beyond my wildest dreams

He loves us so much that he was willing to take all our sins, all our bad and die for us.

You see in the beginning God intended us to be mates with him, to live happily and together, man and God would walk at talk and hang out.

But then sin wheedled its way in and pushed God and man apart; God did not leave it there, he had a plan to fix it, he sent Himself, his son Jesus, to defeat sin and to heal the divide so that man and God can walk and talk and hang out again.

This is why we celebrate Easter.

Who likes Easter eggs?

It’s new life with God through Jesus that we are reminded of when we receive Easter eggs; the eggs being a symbol of new life.

The awesome thing about what Jesus did is that it’s a forever fix, not a temporary fix

So, this Easter, as you eat your Easter eggs, hang out with your families and enjoy a rest. I pray as Paul did; I pray that your life will be strong in love and built on love. I pray that you will know how wide, how long, how high and how deep God’s love is.

Have a very blessed Easter holidays everyone.

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