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The Bible tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Both nature and revelation (life of Christ) testify of His love. When God first created our world, it was perfect, beautiful, and marvelously set for humans to enjoy their lives in happiness and bliss (Genesis 1 and 2:1-14). Sadly, Adam and Eve’s sin shattered their happiness and sentenced them and our beautiful planet to death (Genesis 3).
But the Lord in His infinite mercy took upon Himself the burden of saving us from our sin and its penalty. Jesus died to bear the punishment of our guilt, so we can have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). All those that accept Christ’s sacrifice and receive His free gift of salvation will be eternally saved (John 1:12).
God’s love for us led Him to give all that He had to redeem us from death (Romans 5:8). It is the essence of love to sacrifice self for others. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The Father permitted the Son to leave His love and the adoration of unfallen beings to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death in order to save us (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus did all this that we might be uplifted from the ruin and degradation of sin, that we might receive the love of God and share His joy. John says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1). Today, we are placed where, through connection with Christ, we may indeed become worthy of the name “sons of God.” Such love is without a parallel.
In His service,