Day 39: No Greater Love | 40 Days of Focus
There are many messages in the cross, including the terrible price of our sin and how seriously God takes it. Yet what shines through the horror of this day is this: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The cross was the supreme demonstration of God’s love for us.
One of the first Bible verses most children learn is John 3:16. It is so well-known to most of us that it can become too familiar—it trips off our lips rotely, hardly registering in our minds: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son . . .” Slow it down, renew it in your mind, let it settle in: God loved us (loved you) so much—so much—that He gave His beloved only Son, to suffer and die, so you would not be lost to an eternity of separation and torment. This is God’s demonstration of love.
And this was not merely the Father’s will. John tells us that Jesus, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love” (John 13:1). And Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). He loved us so much that He gave His all. As we look at the cross and all the suffering Jesus endured because of our sin, the thought that needs to continually go through our mind is, “This is love . . . this is love . . . this is love!”
- As you have spent this season focused on Jesus and on the cross, what have you discovered (or renewed) about the love of God for you?
- Paul prays that we would know the love of God, which is beyond our comprehension (Ephesians 3:17-19). Ask the Lord to reveal more of His love to you, in ways only He can.
Lord, so much of Your love is truly inconceivable to us. What You endured, willingly, on our behalf defies our understanding, and it demands our response—a response of love in return. We truly cannot grasp the depth of Your love, but, as we look at the cross, show us, “This is love . . . this is love . . . this is love . . .”
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries