7518 - God Showed Us Love

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Today let’s talk about how “God Showed Us Love.”

This is an integral part of our study in the fourth chapter of the First Letter of John. Verses 7 through 21 comprise one of the most intimate passages dealing with love in the Bible. Today let’s focus on verse 9. It says:

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

In verse eight we find this forthright statement: “God is love.” That means the very nature of God is love. God must love because that’s His nature.

The beauty and bountiful supply which God showers upon this earth is motivated by His nature of love. Matthew (5:45) tells us that God sends the sun to rise on the evil and the good – upon all mankind.

Just think, the beauty of a clear winter morning in which God clothes the trees and all the things around us with crystals of ice and a covering of snow, then causes them to sparkle and shine by the rays of sun. That comes from God’s love.

Most of us have stood in awe on seeing a multicolored sunset and watched the pinks turn to orange, and then to hues of gray as God’s principles of refraction unfold a light show unrivaled by any man-made display. That beauty has its source in God’s love.

But did you notice, this verse tells us that the highest expression of the loving nature of God is that He sent his one and only Son into the world to do all that was necessary for men and women, boys and girls to have life through Him?

In the beginning God, whose nature also includes the quality of being just, told man that he was not to eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for “when you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen. 2:17.) He flunked the test when Satan tempted Adam and Eve.

In fulfillment of God’s nature of being just, the penalty of death, spiritual death, came upon mankind.

However, from that time forward (Gen. 3:15) God’s promise to deal with Satan unfolded. We are told in 1 John 3:8 that the Son of God appeared to destroy the devil’s work.

Man’s bent to habitual sin has its source in the totally depraved nature inherited from Adam, whose ultimate source was the devil, Satan. But out of His steadfast, loving nature God sent His Son Jesus into the world to overcome the death that Satan effected in man’s domain.

God’s great love for mankind moved to rescue man.

Jesus came to give His own sinless body as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for mankind’s sin. That was the only way. No other alternative existed. To God this was very costly. Never before had the fellowship between God the Father and God the Son been interrupted. But when my sin and yours was placed upon Jesus, the Holy Father was compelled to turn away from His Son. The pain of the Father’s heart we can never know, as Jesus cried out: “Why have you forsaken me?”

The sacrifice made by Jesus satisfied the justice of God. So now anyone who embraces the new life offered by Jesus is restored to life. This life is both eternal and abundant. It is priceless in value, but out of love it is given as a free gift to those who have faith in Jesus.

Again, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

Oh, how we, His children, should praise and rejoice in Jesus, our Lord and Savior; and should give thanks to the Holy Father for loving us so much.