Because He First Loved Us
My love language is gifts.
From sentimental keepsakes to silly trinkets - gifts delight me. In fact, for at least the past three Christmases, I have successfully crafted and offered reasons to my closest friends on why we should exchange gifts early.
I can come up with all kinds of excuses, but my real motive is to see what’s inside the package.
The content is oftentimes irrelevant – it could be a pack of gum. It’s the fact that, when the busyness of life separated us, they thought of me. Expended time, energy and resources to remember me.
To let me know I matter to them.
God thought of us while we were separated from Him by sin. Thought enough of us to give us a Gift.
But the content of His Gift was anything but irrelevant.
This Gift? The most priceless, unique treasure that He had – His one and only Son. And God’s real motive is for us to receive what’s inside the package.
Not because we earned it.
Or deserve it.
Simply because He loves us.
No return payment required.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
The Greek word (didomi) for “gave” in John 3:16 means to bestow a gift or to supply and furnish necessary things.
If anything, Jesus is absolutely necessary to every one of us.
Necessary to live fully.
We did not take or destroy.
God gave us His one and only Son. Not one of many – His only.
The only thing that God had in limited supply.
God’s most valuable item.
God has plenty of everything since He created all things. To give us His Son was the only sacrifice He could make. For 33 years, God went without that fellowship in heaven until Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and return.
God didn’t give us an inanimate object.
He gave us His living, breathing, only Son.
THAT is true, soul-deep love.
And the best Valentine ... for all eternity.