GOD LOVES YOU THIS MUCH
The love of God is a very wonderful thing, especially when it is shown to a lost, ruined, guilty and undeserving people like you and you. There was nothing in us that God would love. There was nothing lovable. The world had sadly gone astray, the world had lost itself. It was tried and condemned. The world was given to perish because of its own offenses and there was a need for help. In the midst of such ruin and wilful disobedience, there was still room for God to show how much he loved the human race. The magnitude of his love was not less than the world. It was not less that it could not deliver men from going down to the pit. The LORD found means to display his boundless love to guilty men. Had there been no sin in the world, God might have shown his love to us as he does to pure and perfect spirits that surround his throne – but could not have shown us his love to the extent that he does now. When God gave Jesus up, he was his only begotten son, in whom he was well pleased. None of us has ever had a son to give. Ours are sons of men, but his was the son of God. In his eternal nature, Jesus is not less than God. When God gave Jesus, he gave God himself. What more could he give. He gave his all. He gave himself. This love cannot be measured. No one would take among his sons, the one he loves the most, and give him to die for his enemies. But God so loved us, his enemies, that he gave his beloved son to die for us. He seemed to love us more than his only son and did not spare him that he might spare us. He permitted his son to perish that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God did not give his son as you might do yours, to pursue a career or profession – in which case you might still enjoy his company. He gave him to exile, among wicked and cruel men. He did not send him to serve in the office of the president. He sent him to hunger, to thirst –in the midst of such poverty that he had nowhere to lay his head. He sent him down to mockers, scourgings and the crowning of thorns. Finally, he gave him up to death, the worst death of that time – death by crucifixion. Some of the people that Christ died for are so cruel that they even wash their hands in the blood of their best friends. Christ died the death of the condemned slave, a death which had all the elements and forms of pain, torture, disgrace and scorn mingled in it to the uttermost. Why did God do all this?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16