“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. ” 1 John 4.9
God gets blamed for some of the weirdest stuff – you know, like “he created the devil”, or “he made that tsunami kill all those people,” or “he made my mom get cancer” and on and on the list grows. But the truth of the matter is this: “In THIS was manifested the love of God toward us … God sent HIS only begotten Son into the world, that WE might live through HIM.” Show me the hate, show me the cruelty, show me evil acts, show me the “get even” attitude ANYWHERE in that sentence. God IS NOT some giant bully in the sky. He is the Sovereign God of this universe Who CHOSE to interact with His created being, Adam and his descendants, EVEN after we sinned. And how do we KNOW how much God loves us? Ask the shepherds – they saw Him. Ask the wise men – they worshipped Him. Ask Mary, she carried Him and then stood at the foot of the cross while the wickedness of man was displayed with each hammer blow that fastened her Son to a rugged Roman cross. Ask Joseph – he watched him grow up and worked with Him in his carpenter’s shop.
ask Paul – he was privileged to see Him on the Damascus Road and was never the same. Ask any child who has attended a Sunday School where the Bible is taught. He or she will tell you: “Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so!” God’s love has been demonstrated over and over to a world that somehow chooses to overlook that love, because the prince of the power of the air is still on the loose. But his day is coming. You just wait! Remember that God sent – and you and I have received His Son – Praise His Holy Name! Just my thoughts …