What the Love of Christ Cost Him (Romans 5:8)
Romans 5:8, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Can you imagine this kind of love? The Father sacrificed His Son to save others who weren't even looking for Him? No wonder that heavenly host filled the sky, proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14)! Angels joyfully announced that the time for the plan of all ages, the redemption of mankind, had finally come!
Christ loved us so much that, even when we were enemies of God, He died for us. He knew the only thing that could save us from Hell was a perfect sacrifice given in our place. He came with the sole purpose to die for our sins so we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him. He didn't come to show us the way, He came to be the way. There was nothing we could do, so He did it all. He didn't hold anything back.
Jesus proved and demonstrated His love for the world as He bore the wrath His Father poured out. He showed His love by leaving heaven, the adoration of angels, and the throne of glory. He became a Man of sorrows. He hungered, thirsted, was betrayed and suffered. Love led Him to the cross where He was nailed and crucified. He proved His love for us when He died on Calvary.
I don't believe we can fully comprehend the extent to which Christ went to redeem us. We cannot imagine what He gave up in glory to come to this earth. The physical abuse and pain He suffered on the cross is more than we can put into words, and there is no way to describe what it was like for the Son of God to take on all the sin of the world. It is no surprise that the world falls short when it comes to love, but that should never be true for us. Each of our relationships with family members, friends, fellow church members and the lost should be characterized by this Divine love.
Questions to Consider:
How often do we stop and appreciate what Christ did for us on the cross?
How far are you willing to go for Him?
Are you willing to share the Gospel with those around you?
Points to Ponder:
It is impossible to truly love people without being willing to sacrificially give to them.
Spend some time today thanking Him for His love for you and purpose to show Him your love today.
Prayer, Father in Heaven, thank You for not sparing Your Son that I might become Your child by faith. Thank You for the assurance that I can come to know and believe the love You have for me, expressed so ultimately in Your Son. Thank You for Jesus who died for me, walks each day with me, and is waiting for me in eternity. I bring You my gratitude under the authority of His matchless name, Jesus. Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.