John 3:16 For God so Loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Most everyone has heard this verse but have we experienced the Love of God in our lives that we know it could only be from God? As you have probably read, my youngest two children were adopted from an orphanage. Because they grew up without someone telling them what is right from what is wrong, their conscience did not develop like most of us. This concept of Love is extremely difficult for them. If you grew up without much Love in your family, it is probably hard for you to grasp the level of Love God showed by allowing His son to die for us. Jesus was His only son. The Bible says that Jesus walked with God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. He was with God in the beginning. The Bible is clear that Jesus was with God before He came to earth.
They were extremely close. You may have asked yourself why God would not intervene when Jesus was suffering if He had the power. Why would He allow His only son to die such a cruel death? The world was full of sin. God is sinless. The Bible says that sin separates us from God.
Isaiah 59:2 But there is a problem; your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
Jesus had to die on the cross to cover the sins of everyone that came before Him, during His time and everyone yet to be born. By believing that Jesus was God’s son, that He carried our sins to the cross, and that he died, that he rose up from the grave, and that He is currently living in heaven was God’s plan to show just how much He truly loves us.
Romans 5:6-8 When we were unable to help ourselves, at the moment of our need, Christ died for us, although we were living against God. God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
Back to my story of adoption, we were getting ready to leave the orphanage after meeting our children for the first time, I leaned over and said “I love you”. The translator relayed the message. Both children just stared at me without saying a word. The translator told me that they had never, ever heard anyone say “I love you”. It is still a struggle to teach the concept to them of how much we love them. My youngest daughter loves to go to gymnastics. She asked me recently if I was going to stay and watch her. I was a little surprise at the question because I always stay and watch her. I asked her if it makes her happy to see me watching her and cheering for her when she does something good. She admitted to me that it really makes her happy when she can show me what she can do. I tried to explain to her that I love her so much that it makes me feel just as happy to get the opportunity to watch her. I told her that I hope that she can see that I love her so much that nothing else was as important as staying and watching her do gymnastics. I asked her if she likes watching her brother play football every week. I asked her if she cheers for her brother because she wants him to know that she loves him. We are all trying to get all our children to realize we do things to show others the love of God. God sent His son just because he loves us so much.
I also tell my two adopted children often that God knew before they were born that they would be born in another country. He also had a plan before they were born to give them a mother and father who would really love them. God loves them so much that He wanted them to be adopted into our family just like God loves everyone and wants them to be adopted by the blood of Jesus. He wants everyone to be His sons and daughters by believing in Christ Jesus.
God is Love.
1 John 4:7 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love does not know the first thing about God, because God is love, so you cannot know him if you do not love.