Rom. 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love can seem somewhat intangible. Everyone knows the drill, Jesus loves you and has a plan for your life. That stays kind of theoretical until we actually see what love looks like. That is the whole point of the gospel, God’s only Son became a man to demonstrate the Father’s love. Have you ever thought about it, no really thought about how or why would the Creator would become part of His creation. He could have started all over again but instead He decided to demonstrate love. His healing and deliverance ministry was motivated by compassion. Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Father’s love. The coup de grace is the cross. It was brutal and it was intentional. It was the final demonstration of God so loved the world.That’s where our life starts. We find ourselves standing and staring with the crowd at what looks like a giant train wreck until it hits us. He did this for me. My life matters, He did this for me. Here is John Bunyan’s thoughts about the suffering of Christ.
“This is love, that God sent His Son, His darling, His Son that had never done anything wrong, His Son that always delighted Him. This is love, that he sent Him to save sinners; to save them by carrying their sins for them, by bearing their curse, by dying their death, and by feeling their sorrow. This is love, that while we were still enemies, Christ died for us; yes, this is love, for while we were still without strength, Christ died for the ungodly.
He was betrayed, arrested, condemned, spit on, whipped, knocked around, made fun of, crowned with thorns, crucified and pierced with nails and a spear, all to save the soul from sin’s betrayal; to save it from being arrested by justice and condemned by the law; to save it from being continually knocked around by its own conscience; to save it from being made fun of; to save it from being crowned with shame forever; to save it from dying the second death; to save it from pain and sorrow for eternity.”
It was August of 1973 when I was stopped in my tracks by God’s demonstration. God’s love was no longer a concept, I tasted it for myself and everything changed. So stop for a minute and check out God’s demonstration. It will prove to be the crossroads of your life.