“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”John 15:13
God demonstrates His love and goodness to humanity in various ways: the sun rising every morning, the rain watering the crops which give us our food, the beauty of a sunset. But the greatest expression of love in all of history and for all time was supremely displayed in the Father giving us His Son, the Son laying down His life, and the Spirit indwelling us with His presence.
We are not an easy group to love. Just try to imagine all the sin and suffering in the world. Every 30 minutes someone is murdered in this country. Every four minutes someone is raped. Every 1.6 minutes a robbery occurs (and those are just the crimes that are reported in this country, in one year, 2015). Imagine shouldering that burden. Imagine what it would take to pay that debt. The crimes we commit against one another are really nothing more than a drop of rain in an ocean of offense over our treasonous sin against a holy and righteous God.
Yet John says Christ has paid our debt in full. Truly, this is love. It is the pinnacle of all love!
God gave us His Son. “He could have given us nothing more excellent, nothing dearer, even if He had given the whole universe.” (Francis Turretin, 1679)