As we prepare for Good Friday, when Jesus is brutally scourged and crucified, I am reminded of John 3:16, which is probably the most well known verse in all of Scripture. In it, Jesus says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in Him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” God, being all knowing, knew what was to come. And even so, God loves us so much that He gave His only Son for our sins.
Jesus’ love for us is no less. Sweating blood in the garden, He knew the burden that He was about to endure, stating in Matthew 26:42, "My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done.” Jesus foretold to His disciples what was to happen, including their denying Him. Yet He embraced His Passion for our sins.
Given the above, it’s interesting and sad the number of us who don’t know the love of Christ. There are many who don’t feel worthy of God’s love, believing that they’ve sinned too gravely to be forgiven. Many have left the Church and even the faith because of it. What they don’t understand, as exemplified by Jesus’ death on the cross, is that there is nothing we can do to make God stop loving us. There is no sin too big, too great for God to forgive. 1 John 4:19 states, “We love because He first loved us”. God wants to love us more than He wants to use us.
As we approach Good Friday, know that if you were the only one on this earth, no one else, just you, that Jesus Christ would die that same death on the cross. He loves you that much. God, His Heavenly Father, loves you that much. Praise God! Thank you, Jesus!