Having just come through the Easter holiday, I spent some time rereading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ last days on earth (Matt. 26–28). I started in chapter 26 with the religious leadership plotting to kill Him, and then read about His anointing at Bethany; His betrayal by Judas; His last Passover celebration with His disciples; His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane; and His betrayal, trial, death, burial, resurrection, and appearances after His resurrection. I ended with His Great Commission and ascension into heaven.
As I reflected on what I’d read, what was deeply impressed on my heart was how God didn’t just tell us that He loved us, He showed us.
Words can be cheap if they aren’t backed up with actions. “I love yous” carry little weight when there’s no tangible demonstration of loving actions that support the words.
As I read Matthew’s words on Easter Sunday morning, it became even more apparent just how far God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were willing to go to back up their words with the actions that proved it.
The most commonly known Bible verse, John 3:16, tells us that because “God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son.” Those words would mean nothing without Jesus invading our planet, living among us, and then sacrificing Himself in our place. That’s love in action; and that’s what matters.
How much does God really love us? He went all the way and left no doubt!
The hope of mankind—in a world in desperate need and that can feel hopeless at times—is best contained in this simple but profound reminder from Paul: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8 NIV).
That’s our only hope this Easter: That God not only cared so deeply that He was willing to tell us how much He loved us, but that He also was willing to show us His lavish love (1 John 3:1) in His Son’s willingness to die and be raised to life so that we could be rescued from sin and death and be given a new life as adopted sons and daughters of the King of kings.