To us, the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us has been his sending his only Son into the world to give us life through him. We see real love, not in that fact that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to make personal atonement for our sins (1 John 4:9, 10, Phillips).
When I read this, tears came to my eyes. God loved us first. He created us in love. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to atone for our sins. Jesus died in our place. He died for our sins so that we could be saved. It is not God’s desire that anyone should perish. He wants everyone to accept Jesus as their Savior so that they would not perish but have everlasting life.
Paul states that the proof of God’s love is that while we were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8). Imagine. God loves sinners. He sent His Son to die for sinners. He died for the ungodly. Jesus died when we, sinners, needed a Savior. God sent His only Son so that through Him He could reconcile us to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19). It was when we were powerless to save ourselves and about to perish that God interceded and sent His Son at just the right time to die for us sinners.
When we look at the cross, we should not just see it as an instrument of death and suffering but as the depth of God’s love. Paul explains this in verse 9, “So, now that we have been made righteous by his blood, we can be even more certain that we will be saved from God’s wrath through him.”
But when the kindness of God our saviour and his love towards man appeared, he saved us – not by virtue of any moral achievements of ours, but by the cleansing power of a new birth and the moral renewal of the Holy Spirit, which he gave us so generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour. The result is that we are acquitted by his grace, and can look forward to inheriting life for evermore. This is solid truth. (Titus 3:3-8a, Phillips).