Hug Theology

I’m not sure if my driving prompts spiritual examination or what (Daddy might have an opinion about that), but I really do believe that there’s sumpin’ uncanny that happens when he’s stuck in his car seat, and I’m behind the wheel. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, but some of our very best conversations begin in the car.

And as we were racing for 30 minutes of fun that I didn’t have to create story hour yesterday, our little drive prompted yet another car colloquy, a memory I want to most definitely upload.

Caden: Mommy, did you know that God has the biggest arms in the whole world?

Me: Yeah, I guess I did.

Caden: And did you know that He can give the whole world a really big hug?

Me: Ummm…I never thought about that, but you’re right. I guess He could.

Caden: Yeah, He gave the world a big hug because He loves the whole world.

And as I thought about what he said, almost six hours later, I realized he was more than right.

Yes, God could give the whole world a giant hug, and He did.

He sent His only Son for us. 

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

His Son died for us. 

I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:11

His Son became sin for us. 

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

His Son canceled our sins for us. 

Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:14

His Son has redeemed us. 

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19

His Son has justified us. 

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. Romans 5:18

His Son has reconciled us. 

For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans 5:10

His Son has given peace to us. 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

And what do we have to do to accept this giant hug from God? 

We have to realize that we are in need of God’s hug.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

We have to acknowledge the consequence of not accepting the hug. 

For the wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23a

We have to accept His hug. 

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

We have to believe in His hug.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

We have to trust His hug. 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

So as I reflect during this Lent season and anticipate the arrival of Easter, I think “Hug Theology” will be at the very top of my quiet reflections.

Why?

Because Caden was right about God’s giant arms…

He gave the world the biggest hug it has ever known and all we have to do, is simply reach out and receive it with wide-open arms. 

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