As we enter this Easter season I’m reminded of the very significant riches we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul writes in the 3rd chapter of Ephesians and says “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (v.8 NIV). The word “unsearchable” in the Greek language has a very interesting meaning. The word means not capable of being searched or explored, impossible to understand and it’s only used in biblical or biblically dependent literature. When we think of the events that took place during Holy Week (the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection) it is truly beyond our imagination to comprehend all that took place. From washing the disciple’s feet to the upper room discourse (John’s gospel-chapters 13-17) to His betrayal, the various trials Jesus went through, His crucifixion, His 7 statements from the cross, His death and finally His resurrection on the third day; all these things in a matter of a few short days. When we try to grasp all that Jesus Christ has done it truly boggles the mind.
Paul in this passage refers to himself as less than the least of all God’s people. You see the more Paul contemplated all that Christ had done for Him the more he became aware of his own unworthiness. As we prepare for this most special of weeks I’m amazed at God’s “unsearchable riches in Christ.” As I listened to the songs for our Good Friday Easter cantata “Where Love and Mercy Meet”, this past Sunday at rehearsal, I was brought to tears several times. Wow, the unsearchable riches of Christ that God should love me and save me and send His beloved Son to die on a cruel cross for my sin is really beyond my comprehension. The word “unsearchable” alludes to the limitation of the human mind in its attempt to investigate and understand fully the mind of God. How can that which is finite get a handle or understand that which is infinite?
Paul had discovered the limitless love of God for him and it humbled him beyond words. I love what Warren Wiersbe writes about Paul being less that the least when he says, “Understanding the deep truths of God’s Word doesn’t give a man a big head, it gives him a broken and contrite heart.” Please take time this coming week to consider the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” Let God’s spirit speak to you about an amazing love that is beyond description. Plan to join us for the Easter cantata on Good Friday and be blown away at the place “Where Love and Mercy Meet”, the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All for Christ,
Pastor Rich Sivo