“No Greater Love
How great is God’s love for us? It is great enough that while we were still sinners, while we were still in a state of rebellion against God, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who was without sin, to die for our sins so that we could be brought back into a love relationship with Him. Because of His great love for us, God did for us what “we could never have done for ourselves. He was willing to pay any price—and did—in order to win back His lost love. “Consider these words of Paul from his New Testament letter to the believers in Ephesus: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:1,4-5). “How did Christ accomplish this? The only way was for Him who was the Son of God to become the son of man by taking on human flesh. He became like us so that we could become like Him. This is how the writer of the New Testament Book of Hebrews described what Jesus did:
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God”
“He might taste death for everyone…. Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins “of the people (Hebrews 2:9,14-17). “There is no greater demonstration of love than this. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13). God sent His Son to save us because He loves us. Jesus Christ willingly died for us because He loves us. The love of God is an everlasting love; it will never quit or fade away. Indeed, it cannot because “love is the very nature of God Himself.
God is love and love has to give, so He created us to receive His love. For love to be complete, the receiver must be like the giver. We are created in the image and likeness of God. As He is Spirit, we too are spirit. As God is love, we too are love. We were made to receive God’s love, but also to love Him in return and to love others as well.
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