But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
So there stands the Cross, the revelation to us, not only of a Brother's sacrifice, but of a Father's love; and that because Jesus Christ is the revelation of God as being the 'eradiation of His glory. He is the express image of His person. Light does pour out from that Cross, whatever view men take of it. But the omnipotent beam, the all-illuminating radiance, the transforming light, the heat that melts, are all dependent on our looking at it -- I do not only say, as Paul looked at it, nor do I even say as Christ looked at it, but as the deep necessities of humanity require that the world should look at it, as the altar whereon is laid the sacrifice for our sins, the very Son of God Himself. To me the great truths of the Incarnation and the Atonement of Jesus Christ are not points in a mere speculative theology; they are the pulsating vital centre of religion.
~ Alexander Maclaren
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and gave His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
- Is it true of you that you love God because He first loved you?
- Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins 'according to the Scriptures'?
- Do you fling back the reverberating ray from the mirror of your own heart that directs again towards heaven the beam of love which heaven has shot down upon you?
Living for us
We were saved from guilt by His death; how much more shall we be sanctified and prepared for heaven by Him living for us.
Source: Alexander Mclaren