Did you know that God’s love is most clearly seen in what Christ has done for us?
“God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.”
1 John 4:9
As we approach Christmas Eve, we see in the manger the picture of true Love. The manger sits in the shadow of the Cross. These two things point to how much God has loved us. He was born as a human being for us. He died as a human being for us. He rose again as a human being for us. Why, because He loves us. And He loves us because He is love.
There is no greater example of love than this. Paul could not summon up the words to describe it in his letter to the Romans. He reminds them that whilst they were still caught in their sins, Christ died for them. He tells his Roman brothers and sisters that occasionally someone would be willing to die for a good person but never would someone die for a bad person. He then reminds the Romans that Christ, the only truly Good Person who has ever lived has died for each of them – bad people. John picks up the same idea when he reminds his audience that God is love. For Paul, Peter, John and all of the other apostles there is one place that shows the love of God for people above anywhere else – the Cross.
If we want to know how much God loves us, then all we need to do is look at the cross. Something is only as valuable as what a person is willing to pay for it. You and I may consider that we are of little value. We may struggle with low self-esteem and put ourselves at the bottom of the pile, but ask yourself this, what was God willing to pay for you?
That is how much He loves us!
(C) Malcolm J. Duncan