”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. we see, Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:” John 3:16; 1 John 3:16a.
The major point I’d like us to get today is that “love is best understood through the cross.” Of course, Love is best understood through the cross and the cross cannot be complete without the resurrection as the center point of history. Now, you might have thought about that or not, but everything from a biblical perspective before the cross is leading up to the cross and everything after the cross is in light of the cross, because the cross was an event worked out that God had planned from eternity past.
The cross was certainly the most visible act of God’s love towards us. It was also planned. It wasn’t an accident. I think sometimes people think that Jesus was this man on earth and he was kind of like a leaf on a river and got carried to and fro and somehow ended up on the cross, got lucky and paid for everyone’s sin, or maybe unlucky, depending on how you look at that. That’s not actually what it was. Yes, people made choices and decisions that resulted in Christ going to the cross, but the decision made before we came to being was that Christ would go to the cross to pay for sin, so what we see is this act of love on the cross was intentional. It was planned. I will take full advantages of the death and resurrection of Jesus as a result of God’s Love. What about you? Peace be unto You!