The Bible declares that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). It is this quality that is the pre-eminent character of the Creator with respect to His creatures. It is the controlling force in His divine government. The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16), through whom it becomes possible for us to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
God loves you this much:
-He carried the weight of your sin and received the wrath and punishment of God for it (Romans 5:9).
-And from the severe mental anguish of being seperated from His Father’s love, “His sweat became like drops of blood” (Luke 22:44).
-At the garden of Gethsemane, He longed for human affection and sympathy but there was none (Matthew 26:40).
-He could have left us at any moment, yet He chose to die (John 10:18).
-His own friend betrayed Him and the rest of the disciples forsook Him (Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:50; Matthew 26:56).
-He went through the most cruel and unjust trial (John 18:12-19:16).
-He was tortured that His appearance was marred beyond the point of recognition (Isaiah 52:14; John 19:1).
-His hands and feet were pierced by nails as He hung upon a cross (John 20:25-27, Psalm 22:16).
-His mental anguish because of His father’s wrath on our sins even exceeded His physical pain (Matthew 27:46).
-He was ridiculed and mocked at the crucifixion (Matthew 27:42).
-Because of our sin, God’s justice was poured on His beloved Son on the Cross (Matthew 27:46).
-Yet, He would far rather cease to exist to ensure that you could be saved than to not go through with it and lose you (Philippians 2:8).
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
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