John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
When we think about Easter we would be remiss if we fail to talk about the Love of God shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Easter is a pivotal display of the love God has for all men. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. God does not wait until we clean ourselves up or wait for us to recognize our need of deliverance from our mess and ourselves. God knew our need for a Saviour long before we were able to acknowledge it. God saw man in his depravity, in his fallen state of sin, something far from the created being He made us to be in His likeness. Even though we were rebellious and committed treason against our God and King He still displayed His love for us by sending His Son. Jesus came to die for us that we may be put back into right standing with Him; so we can be adopted into the family of God.
Romans 5:18-19 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
It boggles the mind and is almost incomprehensible to believe that we are loved in a way that no matter what we do or say we are still loved by God. We live in a world that displays hate for a person or race, just because they are different. We live in a society that is always looking for the worst in a person and is always speaking down to people. So we find it hard to believe someone loves us just the way we are with all our faults and needs. This is the unconditional love of God. God knows all we have done and will ever do wrong and yet He loves us. He loved us and provided a way for us to return back to Him even before He laid the foundation of the world. We were in His mind and He was thinking of how He would redeem and restore us back to Himself. It is through the simple act of faith in the completed work of Christ that are we saved.
Ephesians 1:4-6 For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
If we would ever realize how much God loves us and all He has done for us, our love for Him would grow. When we see our great need and how depraved we are before Christ, and understand all He did for us to make us children of God, our only response to His loving kindness is our gratitude and thankfulness. It is when we are self-righteous we do not see our need before God because we think we are not really that bad.
Jesus did not come to condemn us for sin but to deliver us from sin. The more we see God’s love in response to our own wickedness the more we grow in appreciation and gratitude toward our God for His deliverance. He who has been forgiven much loves much. It is when we see ourselves for who we really are, lost and without hope, that our gratitude grows into a great love for God who loved us enough to pay our debt. Then our love and adoration for God grows into acts of obedience to His Word as our very own heart’s desire.
Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven –as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.
Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Most of the time people will tell us to clean up our act and come to God or we need to stop all those sinful things before we can come to God. But Jesus never condemned the sinner, even those caught in the very act of adultery, He did not condemn. In fact Jesus told the religious leaders, the one who has no sin let him cast the first stone and all the religious leaders left because none of them were without sin. No man can stand faultless before God unless he believes his debt is paid by the blood of Jesus Christ. When we understand we are saved by the Grace of God, it is a gift and we cannot purchase it or deserve it, because of our good deeds, we can rest in God’s Love for us.
John 8: 4,7b, 11b and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”….He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” … Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
With a sense of the great love we have from God we can stand in total humility thanking God and giving Him glory that is due to His Name. We now have a desire to do His will and to obey Him. It is no longer a struggle it is an act of gratitude and love for God because He first loved us.
1 John 4: 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins