Have you ever seen so many locks?? I have to say, I'd never seen so many in one place, ever. This weighty display of locks is attached to the Pont de l'Archeveche, a bridge over the Seine in Paris that is just behind Notre Dame Cathedral. Couples from all over the world visit this bridge, pledge their undying love to one another, attach the lock and throw the key into the river below. It's quite a phenomenon these days on numerous bridges all over the world.
Do you think that attaching a padlock to the side of a bridge would make you feel more loved? Or, would increase your feeling of security in a relationship? While the act certainly has a neat element of romance and excitement, I don't think it would really affect your first two answers.
We all long for love and security in this world we live in and, hopefully, you have a family who gives you these things, but what I want to talk about is the love and security offered to each of us by the Lord Jesus Christ -- whether there is a family in the picture, or not.
First of all, God loves us so much that "He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16. That's a powerful love -- to give the life of His only and beloved Son in order to save you and me from destruction. Whether we realize it or not, the love of God eclipses every other love always and forever - period. So, in truth, you and I could never feel more loved than we do by God -- and it's not just a feeling, but a firm reality as well.
Then, there's the security thing. Some of those padlocks on that bridge are really secure. It would take some kind of massive cutting tool to snap such a lock. When it comes to the security God offers us through His Son's sacrifice, there is nothing on this earth or beyond this earth that could ever snap that lock -- not ever! And we have numerous wonderful verses that assure us of this truth:
What an amazing truth we as Christians enjoy -- the firm assurance that we are always loved and the equally firm assurance that we are eternally secure within the safety of the arms of Almighty God. Our Saviour has a loving lock on us that will never be broken.