God's Love

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17

I want you to picture some people you love. Go on. Take a moment.

Now, imagine they come to you and say, I want to go and help out on the frontlines in the Ukraine, I think I can make a difference. What would you say? What would you do?

Imagine now, if that wasn’t the last thing they said. What if they said, I think I can help save some of the Russian soldiers.

The one you love is planning to go off and die. For some people that maybe you don’t think deserve saving. It’s a sobering thought experiment.

Now, I’m sure you know where I’m going. But to be completely clear. This isn’t exactly how it played out. God the Father sent God the Son who willingly came. There was no moment of shocking announcement from Son to Father.

But I do think our little imagination moment captures something that is also true. That God the Father loved God the Son and that He came to die for sinners. For rebels. For enemies. Just reflect on that a moment.

How much then must God love me? Or you. Or any of His children. That He would allow the Son to die for our sakes. That doesn’t take imagining. It’s reality.

For Today:
  • Remember the love you feel for the people closest to you - this is a glimmer of God’s love.
  • Reflect on God’s love for His Son Jesus.
  • Reflect on God’s love for you.

  • Praise the Father that He gave us His only beloved Son.
  • Give thanks for Jesus who died in the place of sinners.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others see His love and respond in kind.
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