Pastor Sam Phipps
Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Think about all that Christ did for us at the cross. Everything that Jesus did, he did out of love. Romans 5:8 says “while we were still sinners”. Before we even knew God, before we even knew we needed God in our life, Jesus died for us.
The cross of Christ teaches us 3 things:
1. God Loves us Unconditionally
He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for us, that we might have everlasting life. His love is not based on performance. Christ loves you so much that while you were yet a sinner, He died for you. God's love for us is unconditional and undeserved.
2. God loves us Sacrificially
John 3:16 assures us that God loves so much that he allowed His only son to come to the earth, to live, teach, heal and then be beaten, mocked and nailed to a cross, to die and then be resurrected on the third day. Because He loves us.
3. We Are Commanded to Love
When asked which is the most important command in the laws of Moses, Jesus replied, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: 'Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.'
Rejoice in the love of our heavenly Father, love Him and love others with the love He has shown us!
O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!
It shall for evermore endure. The saints' and angels' song.