“God is love.”
We hear this phrase so much that we almost overlook it’s significance. However, can I remind our proud hearts of what an incredible thing it really is that God is love?
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
Here we read a statement about the epitome of a demonstration of love: Dying for someone that is your friend, someone you care for a lot.
However, God’s demonstration of love for us went above and beyond dying for a friend: We weren’t His friends. We weren’t even “acquaintances,” if you want to call it that. Rather, we were actively God’s enemies.
But Christ died for me, His enemy.
This act of love is at the very core of the Gospel:
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
We did nothing to deserve His love.
In fact, we did everything to deserve the very opposite: We justly deserved to receive the full-extent of His divine wrath and punishment. We justly deserved to die and be condemned to eternity in a place called hell. We justly deserved to spend all of eternity separated from God’s holy presence.
Why did we deserve it?
Because we are sinners. And according to Romans 6:23, God declares that the righteous judgment for sin is death.
But God is love.
It is because of His incredible love that God sent Christ to take the punishment for our–for my–sins: Yes, that moment when Christ bore the punishment for the sins of the whole world and God turned His back on His beloved Son, the world experienced the darkest hour in all of history. It was also the greatest act of love in all of history. In the most horrid, awful, torturous way imaginable, the magnitude of God’s love was put on display for the world to see.
And it was all because of love for you and for me.
Why God chose to love me, a filthy, wretched, rebellious, defiant sinner, enough to kill His own Son so that I might be made His child, joint-heir with Christ, I don’t know. But I am thankful.
Yes, God is love.
Let’s allow the message of God’s love sink in…and cause us to rejoice in Him!