“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”
The last thing that one can, or would want to do is to minimize what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross of Calvary as the propitiation for the sins of mankind (1 John 2:2). The atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage His wrath and render propitious to sinners.
Scripture tells us:
“As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:” -Isaiah 52:14
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” -Isaiah 53:2-10
The pain and suffering that He endured to redeem mankind back unto to The Father:
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” -1 Peter 3:18
All of this was an exhibition and demonstration of real, unfeigned love towards, and on the behalf of, mankind.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 And all of this at the cost of His life’s blood. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” -Ephesians 1:7
Notice here with me, if you will, that “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…”
God gave! Why did He give His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins? To redeem us back unto Himself from all iniquity, creating a peculiar people Holding His heart (Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 5:5), that are zealous of good works (Titus 2:14) that are now willing to bring about a sacrificial love (That they have now received) on the behalf of others.
And when we are truly born of the Spirit of God (John 3:3) we will then and only then emulate the love of Christ on the behalf of others..
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Let me share a true story with you….
A few years ago, we flew out to Tennessee and interviewed Rev. Samuel Kyles. He shared with us a powerful story about his grandson. His grandson, Baby Quinn, had a complete heart transplant at 10 days old. They found through an ultrasound that he had an underdeveloped heart. The insurance company said they would pay for the birth, but not the transplant because it was experimental; only five had been done. So, they started raising money. “Baby Quinn Needs Heart” was their campaign motto. People from all over sent in their money.
During that same period of time, a couple in Chicago was losing their child and they wanted Baby Quinn to have his heart. The doctors took the heart of the dying baby and did a complete heart transplant in the other. It was a miracle!
The doctors got so caught up that they waived the fee and the hospital said, “Just pay what you can.”
This couple in Chicago gave up their child’s heart so Baby Quinn could live. Baby Quinn is in his teens and plays soccer now. Every now and then, the donor’s mother visits Quinn. She grabs him and puts her head upon his chest so that she can listen to her baby’s heart.
What an awesome story of real love. When we were dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us.
Whose heartbeat does God hear in you?
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