He died for us.
One of the great themes of the Bible is God's great love for His people.
Time after time He has gone after them to save them from the destruction that comes from sin. The fact that Christ died for our sins may seem like the furthest thing from love until we understand the reason for His death.
After the fall, the sin offering was put forth as a way to transfer sin from the sinner to a blameless lamb. This allowed the individual to stand spotless before the Lord (Leviticus 4:1-35).
But the blood of animals was not enough to save mankind from sin. no animal, no matter how perfect it was, could take the place of a human being.
A greater sacrifice was needed.
The Creator Himself, gave up His "god" status to come to Earth to die for humanity. He was not compelled. He was not forced. He knew, that only God's blood was enough to save the world.
God's great love is expressed in Romans 5:8. I love the way the Berean Study Bible renders this verse:
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (emphasis added).
We live in a world where everything must be verifiable. If we want to buy something, we must have good credit. If we seek employment, we must be qualified, experienced or both. Everything must first be proven.
God's love for His people has been proven throughout the ages. But the skeptic is going to say, "I've read the Bible but those things don't apply to me. All the things that God did in those days were done specifically for the nation of Israel."
I have good news for that person. Christ died for him. Christ died for you and He died for me.And the best news is:
God didn't wait for us to change and start "living right".
His Son died for us in our current state. Are you a fornicator? He died for you. Do you tell lies? He died for you. Have you committed murder? He died for you. Are you a sinner? He died for you. He died for us.
There's no greater love than that.
Father, I thank You for loving us. I thank You for allowing Your Son, Your only Son to lay down His life for our sins. Thank you for the gift of salvation. In Jesus' name. Amen.
If you were (or are) the parent of two children, would you sacrifice the life of one for the other?
How does this scenario help you to visualize God's great love for all of humanity?
How does it demonstrate how much God loves you?
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