Hi friends! We’ve done 16 out of  24 episodes of ‘MY LOVED ONE’ so far. And I guess many of us have figured by now that this stranger who keeps coming to Sama’s rescue is Prince Jean. Maybe except for Sama who hasn’t come to that realization yet. 
When I was writing this series, and even as I thought about the episodes yesterday, I realized one thing: the love Prince Jean had for Sama was unexplainable. In human sense she didn’t deserve his love. Yet, the Crown Prince Jean forsook all that he had: his royalty and majesty just to find the woman he loves. Kuuku prostitutes Sama, yet that does not put Prince Jean off.  His love for her doesn’t wane.

In the book of Hosea, we are told of Hosea’s wife Gomer who kept acting as a prostitute. But in Hosea chapter 3, we see Hosea rescuing and showing love to his adulterous wife again as the Lord had asked him to. And that was to demonstrate how much God loved His people even in a their unfaithfulness.

And when I was writing this series, I saw Prince Jean’s sacrifice and his love similar to that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this period of Easter, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for you and for me.  Many times we turned our backs on him. Many times we didn’t love him back. But he loved us, and he still does.

In Song of Songs chapter 1 the Shulammite lamented saying that her skin was tanned and darkened by the sun, because she was made to work every time under the scorching sun.

Some of us, like Sama, or even like the Shulammite in Song of Songs find ourselves being burdened by the enemy and by sins.  We find ourselves doing the works of the flesh, with the scorching rays of sin slashing us. Thus our souls are tanned and tainted by sin making us not see the beauty of the Lord upon us.

Like Sama our souls are drained and thirsty, longing to be satisfied. Like Sama we feel ensnared by our past, our sins and our weaknesses. We live in fear; we are unable to break free from that which holds us back and down.

But if only we can hear the voice of the Savior saying, “I have water!” If only you can hear Jesus in John 7:37 saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!” He is the source of living water! He is rest for your drained and weary soul! If only you would believe that His love is enough to set you free from all your fears from your past and from your sins. If only you would believe that you are the reason why He hung on that cross.

In MY LOVED ONE, we see a prince forsaking all that he had, becoming a shepherd in a village just to rescue the woman he loves from Kuuku.  At Easter we remember a Savior who laid aside his majesty, took up the robe of humanity just to save you and I from the power of sin and the devil.

HEBREWS 1:14, 15

“Therefore, since they share in flesh and blood [the physical nature of mankind], He Himself in a similar manner also shared in the same physical nature, but without sin, so that through experiencing death He might make powerless (ineffective and impotent) him who had the power of death- that is, the devil- and that He night free all those who through the haunting fear of death were held in slavery throughout their lives.”  

This is why Jesus came!

Pause to ponder!

My Loved One

Dorothy Budu-Arthur


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