This morning I was having a conversation with God and thanked Him for the gift of Jesus. That’s when God told me that the greatest gift He gives us is love. In asking why that is I was told that Jesus was a sacrifice but God knew the outcome and Jesus isn’t dead but with God in Paradise. Is that really a sacrifice? Yes, by human standards it is, to be beaten, nailed on a cross and then left to die but to God it was a homecoming for His son, a fulfillment of a promise.
God’s greatest gift to us is His love. Without that love He wouldn’t have created us in His image. Without that love He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to take away our sins. Without that love we wouldn’t have that promise of eternal life.
Did you know love was mentioned 514-810 times depending on
the translation you’re using. It first
appears in Genesis 22:2 “Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land
of Moriah, and offer him
there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was he responded in Mark 12:21-31 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
We can’t forget about my favorite verse, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”