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THE CROSS AND THE LOVE OF GOD
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The most wonderful thing of all about the cross is that it reveals the love of God to us. It is not surprising that Paul should say to the Romans, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
How do we see the love of God in the cross? Ah, says the modern man, I see it in this way, that though man rejected and murdered the Son of God, God in His love still says, “All right, I still forgive you. Though you have done that to My Son, I still forgive you.” Yes, that is part of it, but it is the smallest part of it. That is not the real love of God. God was not a passive spectator of the death of His Son. That is how the moderns put it—that God in heaven looked down upon it all, saw men killing His own Son, and said, “All right, I will still forgive you.” But it was not we who brought God’s Son to the cross. It was God. It was the predetermined counsel and foreknowledge of God.
If you really want to know what the love of God means, read what Paul wrote to the Romans: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). God condemned sin in the flesh of His own Son.
This is the love of God. Read again Isaiah 53, that wonderful prophecy of what happened on Calvary’s hill. You notice how he goes on repeating it: “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows….it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief” (verses 4, 10). These are the terms. And they are nothing but a plain, factual description of what happened on the cross.
A Thought to Ponder
It was not we who brought God’s Son to the cross. It was God.
From The Cross, pp. 79-80.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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