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2329 The cross as act of love

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 Joh 4:10 ESV

Some people are critical of the idea of the cross. They say a loving Father would never have sent his Son to die, on purpose. They feel that the cross was unnecessary, that God could’ve just declared that he forgave all sins. It’s true that the cross was cruel, but in Biblical terms it was necessary. The Biblical understanding of justice includes that the guilty be punished. Would it be just if a judge, in our courts, finds an offender guilty – and then lets him go? No, the cross is about God’s righteousness and justice. It underlines the seriousness of sin! That said, the cross is also about more than mere punishment. Remember that God, in Jesus Christ, came to the cross freely, voluntarily. There was no compulsion – only the compulsion of love. Yes, according to the Bible, the cross is a sign of the biggest love ever. There’s no bigger love than someone giving his life to save another’s – and THAT is what happened on the cross! The cross is all about love.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your love! Thank you for giving your life so that my life could be spared. Amen.

Accept the love of the cross!

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