“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:4-6)
Most people realize their parents’ love and sacrifice for them when they finally begin to mature in life. When we begin to understand the love of our parents, we then desire to obviously love them back, serve them, and take care of them. Imagine someone never seeing their parents’ love and sacrifice for them and thus treating them badly and disrespectfully. This would be such a shame. Likewise, it is crucial that in our spiritual journey, we have the “aha” moment of realizing the depth of the Lord’s love for us.
For those who are born into the church, because we didn’t go through the process of being preached the gospel to, believing, and then choosing to be baptized, we may not fully understand what Jesus’s death means to us. We may not fully know that the blood He shed is what saves us and is used to continually cleanse away our sins. We may not realize that the sins we committed were laid upon our Lord Jesus and that He died to atone for them 2000 years ago. As it says in Isaiah- ” But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Just as a parent would rather labor day and night, slaving away at work, so that their child may be able to eat good food and enjoy his or her hobbies and extracurriculars, Jesus took the burden of our sins upon Himself and nailed it to the cross that we may become righteous and enjoy eternal blessings. The Lord sacrificed Himself so that we may be free from sin and death. He died in our stead because He loves us so much that He would rather take our sins and pay its price than for us to pay it- which would mean we would have to taste death.
As a child may finally seek to observe and process their parent’s love for them, let us likewise seek to understand how much the Lord Jesus loves us. God does not hide His love from us. He tells it to us clearly through His scripture and the love of God is able to be poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5). Let us earnestly come before God, reflect on how He has loved us until now, and ask Him to help us understand His love even deeper. We do not want to be ignorant children, but rather, if there is one thing in this life we must know, it is to know our Heavenly Father’s love and sacrifice for us.
- When is the last time we reflected upon God’s love for us in prayer?