“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”, (John 3:16). This text of scripture by far, is one of the most repeated and recognized in the world. It’s been seen pretty much everywhere. We see it at sporting events, on bumper stickers, tee shirts and even sometimes painted on the faces of people that profess belief in Christ, but can we truly appreciate the magnitude or beauty of what this scripture teaches or the depths of such great a sacrifice? Without a doubt, it is the most selfless act of love ever shown. God the Father who gave his son to die for man and Jesus the son who humbled himself in obedience to the Father’s will, demonstrate to us what sacrificial love looks like. Philippians 2:7-9 reads, “But emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name”.
I ask again, can we truly fathom such great a love? Jesus left the portals of heaven to be born of a human, to set foot on the filthiness of earth and take on the form of a servant. We love our families don’t we, but how many of us would ever sacrifice any one of them to save a world that we know would hate or would reject them? Dare I say, none? The sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross should be ever present on our minds. Why, because without that sacrifice, his sacrifice, man would be eternally lost. The bible reads in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends”.
Sacrifice takes effort on the part of the one making the sacrifice. It is giving up something you really love, something that really matters to you, something that will cost you, for the greater good of the thing you are sacrificing for. You see, it’s not a sacrifice if it does not cost us anything. Our obedience is but a small way to say thank you to a savior who has sacrificed so much. What Jesus offers us can never matched, and what he has sacrificed can never be repaid. What are we willing to sacrifice to spend eternity with Him?