“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person
—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died 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.”
No other religion displays a love like this. A love of this magnitude – that God, holy, infinite, and majestic, would send His own Son to die for sinners.
But for those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ, the Roman cross on which He died and the agonies He endured are the evidence of how greatly our God loves us.
There is much in the Bible about the love of God, speaking of His constant presence, His awareness of us, His power at work on our behalf. But nowhere is that love manifested so fully as in the willing death of Jesus. The radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature, who upholds the universe by the very word of His power (Hebrews 1:3), and who came to ransom people for God, rescuing them from darkness, sin, and despair. Who came not only to rescue, but to reconcile, restoring our relationship with the God who makes us whole.
The God we willfully rejected and greatly offended – He wanted us back. Not to punish or shame, but to heal. To redeem our stories and make us beautiful. He loved us enough to step down from heaven; our redemption was purchased with the blood of God’s own Son.
It isn’t just a warm, fuzzy kind of love. This love, the love of the infinite God of heaven, is deep. It is powerful, steadfast. Filled with the wonder and might of His matchless and unchanging character. “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe…He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen” (Deuteronomy 10:17, 21).
This is the God who loves us. The God who went to all lengths to save us. And the God who works and fights for us now, for His great glory and our resulting joy.