“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”— John 3:16
A story is told from the Middle Ages about a certain monk who announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” The next Sunday evening came and the shadows fell, and the last bit of light ceased to come through the cathedral windows. The congregation gathered inside.
To their surprise, there were no candles lit, making the inside of the church almost completely dark. In the darkness, the monk lit a candle and carried it up to the crucifix. There, he illuminated the crown of thorns, next the two pierced hands, then the spear wound on the side, and finally the feet.
After he had finished, a hush fell across the congregation. With that, the monk blew out the candle and stepped down. There was nothing else to say.
The most poignant reflection on the love of God comes when we look at what He did for us: sending His only Son to die so that we can have life in His name. There’s simply no greater way He could’ve displayed His love for us.
If you want to know what love really is, look at Jesus. His work on the cross is an enduring statement of God’s amazing love for you. Rest in that love today.
Ask God to give you a fresh perspective on His amazing love for you through Christ’s work on the cross.
Questions for thought
What does it say about God’s love for you that He sacrificed His own Son to save you?
If you were standing before God right now, how would you express your thanks for that amazing act of love?