1 John 4:9-10 “9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

If we pay attention to the Bible, we see that it is God’s love that drives the whole story of Scripture forward. God’s love caused the universe to be created. God’s love spared Adam and Eve. God’s love caused humanity to be saved in Noah, Isaac to be born, Joseph to be made King, Egypt to be decimated, Israel to go free, the Red Sea to part, bread to come from the morning dew, the Jordan river to be crossed, the promised land to be won, a giant to be killed by a slingshot, a shepherd boy to become King.

God’s love caused that God Himself became a man. Through God’s love Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell and on the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven where He sits at the Father’s right hand from whence He shall come to judge both the living and the dead. God’s love sent the Holy Spirit, founded the Church, gives assurance of the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection from the dead, and life everlasting.

God’s love brings light from darkness, good from evil, health from sickness, peace from war, love from hate. It gives life to the dead, sight to the blind, it sets the prisoner free. All of these mysteries and miracles, along with countless others, are performed through the love of God. The whole point of the Bible is God’s Love for man through Jesus Christ.

As a famous Baptist Preacher once said: There is a tree planted on a hill and on that tree hangs the most influential character that ever came into this world. Never feel that that that tree is a meaningless drama that took place on the stages of human history. No it is a telescope through which we look out to into the long vista of eternity and see the love of God breaking forth into time. It is an eternal reminder that love is the only creative redemptive transforming power in the universe.

I want you to know that God loves you. And you can be sure God loves you because He sacrificed His Son Jesus for you.

1 John 4:9-10 says “In this was manifested the love of God toward us,” in what? In “that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

The Bible teaches that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. The Son of God was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. This same Jesus, God become man, was betrayed by His people and His dearest friends and was put to death on the Cross. On the Cross the Bible teaches that Jesus, who knew no sin, was made sin for us. On the Cross Jesus became the sin of all the world and bore God’s wrath against sin.

The Bible says we all have sinned against God. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. But the Bible says the LORD hath laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all. Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. The Bible says it pleased the LORD to bruise Jesus. Jesus paid the full penalty for sin and when He was done He cried out: “It is finished,” the penalty for sin is paid in full. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all.

God does not just love in word, he loves in deed. His actions back up His words. He is love: He doesn’t want the world to perish, and He is Holy: He will not sweep sin under the rug. That is why the Bible teaches that Jesus became our propitiation. He became our sacrifice for sin. And through Him we are made the righteousness of God.

You can be sure God loves you because He sacrificed Jesus for you. Romans 5:8 says “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 John 3:16 says “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.” And our passage today says “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins,” “that we might live through him.”

David

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