first loved us!

“We love Him because He first loved us” (I John 4:19).

Barabbas stood far away and was looking at the Cross and his thoughts ran this way. But for Jesus Christ, I would have been suffering on the Cross now. What happened to these Pharisees? Why have they released me when I am a thief and sinner? Instead why have they nailed Christ who is sinless? Why is Christ maintaining silence?’

He knew no sin but was made to be sin for my sake. Is it not for giving me the divine judgment? He, who was righteous, was numbered with the transgressors. Is it not for giving me an eternal life? For my sake, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death. Is it not for giving me the blessings of the high and exalt me to the heaven?

He became bound for delivering me. He bore terrible scars for the purpose of healing me. He wore the crown of thorns for paving the way for me to wear the crown of glory. In order to transform me into God’s image, he underwent cruel suffering on the cross. The saints meditated on Christ’s love valuing it as a love of Calvary which could melt even a heart of stone and they were moved with compassion. They dedicated themselves to that love. What kind of love is Christ’s?

1 It is constant. “….having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1).

2 It is divine. “As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love” (John 15:9).

3 It gave life. “Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

4 It is sacrificial. “…..and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

5 “By this we know love because He laid down His life for us” (I John 3:16) in Calvary.

6 It is honourable. “….and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler over the kings of the earth To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5, 6).

The love attracts and overcomes even the hard hearted persons. It can melt even the heart of stone. We can never forget the true and concerning love. We may forget the words of the mouth. We may spend the entire money too. But we are never able to forget the love shown by ones who truly love us.

To meditate: “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (I John 4:9).