“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)
How many of us have read a love novel or viewed on television a man or woman sacrificing their life for the one they love? When we visualize in our mind the scene taking place, or when we view it with our eyes, we become emotional and compassionate for the one who gave their life and for the one that life was given.
God has given us the greatest love story every told. He gave the greatest sacrifice of love that one could ever receive: His Son. But God commendeth (or exhibited) His Love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This isn’t your ordinary love. This is an indescribable love, a salvation love, a redeeming love, a sanctifying love: agape love.
The token, or essence, of this great love is the Blood of Jesus Christ; the blood that cleanses us of all our sins, giving us a new life. While we were dead in trespasses and sin, Jesus gave His Life that we may live. Why would He love us so much that He would give His Life? What did He see in me? He sees the best in us; He sees our potential; while others around us can only see the worst in us.
Our society today does not know the true meaning of the word “love.” We use this word so loosely. If we could grasp the true meaning of this small, four letter word with a divine meaning, surely we would understand this Love commended towards us from God, and we would see the Sacrifice of Love that Jesus displayed on Mount Calvary. We have done nothing of ourselves to receive so great a love. “While we were yet sinners,” the enemies of God, walking in rebellion and living ungodly lives, Christ sacrificed willingly His Life for us. Can you visualize this scene in your mind; having your spiritual eyes opened to see all that Christ Jesus suffered for us, all because He loved us?
This love story is given in greater detail in the book of Isaiah 53. Take the time to read the greatest love story ever told.
I challenge you to meditate on this love story, where the Love of God was given unto us through the Life of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and His shed Blood on Calvary’s Cross. It will bless your heart and even change your life.