It’s a day late, but I couldn’t bring myself to skip to the letter “D” when Easter presents such a great opportunity to blog about Christ my Lord and Savior!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16
Can we just….take a moment to wonder at that?
How much love is the love of an almighty God, who made everything, and is hence the creator of love itself?
How much worth is placed in an only son? How much do parents love their only child? What a precious, irreplaceable treasure, for whom many mothers and fathers throughout history have gladly given their lives. It is that much more unfathomable that God would give up his only son because He loves us. Some say that for God, sending Jesus to earth was not a “sacrifice.” That is ridiculous. The verse says God “gave up” his only son. He did not send Jesus off as if he were going on vacation. The parting was painful, the sacrifice great, but His love and mercy for us was all the greater.
When I say “us,” that means “whoever believes in Him.” That means, basically anyone who turns to Christ! We only need to believe that Christ has the power to erase all our sins and make us guiltless before God, and it will actually be done. Was there ever any gift so precious that was given so freely? If someone just gave me a billion dollars in straight cash, along with a nice pension house by the beach and a humongous library to go with that, I’d remember what they did for me for the rest of my life, and always be grateful. If the “everlasting life” has been offered in the same way, then I should be thanking God every moment that I breathe.