I was blogging back before Christmas about the question, “How’s your love life?” We were talking about God’s great love for us and we saw the challenge to love and the source of Christian love is the face that “God is love”. We were looking at John’s 1st letter and the 4th chapter where he writes, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him”, (v.9). We see in this passage that we are the objects of God’s divine love.
Yesterday I drove almost 750 miles back from Michigan after spending the last 4 days with my grandsons Ethan (11) and Tyler (7). We rented a hotel room and had a ball spending some time with my son and daughter there. Both my son and daughter are now divorced, so my grandsons are being raised in single parent families. I make every effort I can to spend time with them because I deeply love those 2 little guys and my heart aches for what I see them experiencing in life. I hope that investing with them will help them to know that they are loved just for who they are not only by their grandpa and grandma but by a God in heaven who cares for them.
God’s love was manifested to us because He sent His Son, His totally unique Son- the Lord Jesus Christ to die for us. The word “sent” in v. 9 is the Greek word “apostello” which means to send on a commission and with the credentials of an envoy. God sent His Son to die for sinners so that when we trust in Him, we can be saved. The purpose of this incredible gift is stated in verse 10 where John writes, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins”, (v.10 NKJV). The word “propitiation” means an atoning sacrifice. It’s a word that signifies the removal of wrath by the offering of a gift. Jesus covered our sins with His own blood and offered Himself as a sacrifice to God. Here’s the awful passion of God’s love for us. In the infinite depth of force of His love He didn’t withhold His only Son from us. In sending His Son he displayed His desire to hold us in a place of safety.
I’m going to continue to reach out with all my love towards my grandsons by doing everything I can to stay engaged in their lives. God has already done everything He could to demonstrate His great love for us. Have you received the love of God found in Jesus Christ? If not, why not today?
Pastor Rich Sivo