For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (St. John 3:16).
The portrait of this love, so divine, cannot be expressed in human terms. It's simply incomprehensible on a natural plane.
"The Passion of the Christ," a truly great screenplay, could barely touch on the enormity of God's love for His children. Even so, there were many who couldn't bear to watch the slightest glimmer of that astonishing demonstration of God's supreme sacrifice. It was just for us, His amazing sacrificial love, for all those conceived as human life forms from the beginning of creation until heaven comes into the world.
It was for you and for me.
How does one grasp the significance of such love? How does one define it, let alone take it in? Sometimes we steel ourselves against the Love because we know that when we contemplate Him too deeply we shall experience the painful constriction of our Earth suits, and that our hearts are simply incapable of containing all that is God.
We must engage our spiritual sensitivities in order to allow even a partial assimilation of such magnificence.
Consider the words to this timeless hymn, written by Isaac Watts in 1707:
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross...On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ my God; All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. See, from his head, his hand, his feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down; Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown. Where the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small, Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all."
Consider the Christ who inspired them, given freely, so that no man should perish [be forever damned in Hell] but have everlasting life [forever in Heaven in the very presence of God].
"...His only begotten Son," Jesus... who was begotten, not made.
In other words, Jesus had no beginning and will have no end. Jesus is God.
"Whosoever believeth in Him".... Wow, that means we get to choose whether to believe or not.
Of course the nasty old tempter, doubt, will perform any number of acrobatics to pry us away from our decision to believe.
That's OK, because once having chosen Jesus, we now have the strength that is in Christ Jesus to withstand the tricks of the enemy that would otherwise keep us from this precious gift of God, the ultimate Gift without price.
Consider the love you hold in your heart for your dog, your cat, your child, your spouse .... What would you sacrifice so that they might not perish?
I just sacrificed a chunk of hard-earned income so our little dog might receive needed veterinary care.
Why? I love her and I don't want her to suffer.
If humans can love deeply and sacrificially, just imagine the love of God.
Magnify, magnify and magnify, and we still won't fully comprehend.
Oh, but to taste even the tiniest portion .... Yes, inexplicably divine.
In what, or whom, have you chosen to believe? Why? Why not decide for Christ, today?
Lord, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, your only begotten Son. Thank you for the power to choose everlasting life, Jesus.