The Love of Jesus

 John 3: 16 “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.”

God’s *“hesed sent Jesus to the cross so we might have eternal life.

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

God’s *“hesed” brought us Jesus-God in the flesh. Jesus (the Word) was with the Father and the Spirit before the foundation of the earth.  In fact, Jesus created all things.

Jesus claimed to be God.  He made reference to this many times.

John 1: 18 “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only [Son], who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.”

John 10: 30 “I and the Father are one.”

God took on flesh to walk among us.  His name on earth was Jesus.
Why then would He leave heaven and come to earth to die such a horrible death?

Because of His *”hesed (His Love). As a man, Jesus came to identify with our struggles and our temptations. He took on flesh to feel what we feel. He experienced human life without sin. He was born of flesh through the virgin Mary and the Spirit of God to become “the Lamb of God” who would take upon Himself the sins of the world and die on the cross as a substitute for our sins.  He paid the sin price the day He died on the cross and was resurrected from the dead conquering death and sin in our place. He took on flesh to provide the ultimate sacrifice for sin because of His *“hesed”.

Colossians 1: 19-20 “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”

Because man is sinful, God had to provide a way for us to be reconciled to Himself, the Holy God.  Jesus is that way…God in the flesh.  This God/Man became our way to be reconciliation to God.  Reconciliation means “to bring back to harmony”.  Because God is a Holy God, we could not and can not do this for ourself.  Our harmony with God was broken by sin and only a sacrifice could bring us back.  A sacrifice for sin by the shedding of blood had to be offered.  That sacrifice was Jesus, “the Holy Lamb of God”.  Jesus chose to be the sacrifice for you and me so harmony could be restored.

Because of His love *“hesed”, He very carefully laid the salvation plan in place and gave detailed accounts throughout the Old Testament so we would recognize Jesus when He made His appearance in the flesh.  He would be called the Messiah (the one who saves) and many would look for Him.  But sadly, many would miss His coming.

Have you experienced God’s *“hesed”?

 Have you experienced the saving grace and love of Jesus?
*”Hesed” means the consistent, ever-faithful, relentless, constantly-pursuing, lavish, extravagant, unrestrained, furious, loving kindness and everlasting love of our God who shows grace and mercy.

Sandra Hardage