Have you ever stopped your life for a few minutes to consider the amazing love of Jesus? Have you ever thought about how amazing that love really is? Have you ever thought about and seriously considered how we don’t even deserve His free gift of salvation, which is all due to the amazing love He has for each of us? Jesus left His kingdom on high to take the form of a human being, to die a cruel death and pay the price which the Father required to settle the debt for our sin. The amazing love of Jesus should never be absent from our heart and mind and we should always be more than aware of it. As sinners, we all deserve to spend eternity in hell, suffering eternal torment but, because He loves us so much, He went to the cross, in our place, to die for our sin. All we have to do is accept that fact and acknowledge Him as our savior and ask His forgiveness. We serve a forgiving God and if we are sincere when we ask, He will forgive us. He doesn’t have to take time to think about it or ponder over the idea of forgiveness; He will forgive us when we ask because He has an amazing, unconditional love for us. The secular world thinks this is a fairy tale or foolishness. The world scoffs at the idea there is a god who would love us only to send us to hell, which He doesn’t. They can’t accept a god who would allow terrorist acts to take innocent lives. They mock a God who loves the whole world, not just some of it or parts of it; they are extremely critical of a God who would send His Son to die in the place of human beings and this they call a fairy tale. They insist it was men who wrote the Bible and they are right, men, inspired by God wrote the Bible. They ask how this all loving God would allow airplanes to fly into buildings, allow young people to die so young, allow babies to die before birth. They are asking the right questions as a non-believers, since they don’t understand, but they won’t accept the answers we give them. The amazing love of Jesus is something we can’t earn and we don’t deserve it. The evil in the world today and the evil in the hearts of men, who would be a part of the evil acts they question us about, is the best example of this amazing love He has for us. If men can be so evil and Jesus still loves them, then this love is nothing else but amazing. Don’t misunderstand, the amazing love Jesus has for us is not an excuse to be a part of the evil in the world, it demonstrates that despite the evil heart of man, Jesus still loves us.
The Amazing Love of Jesus Demonstrated
At the last supper Jesus had with His disciples at Passover, He gave them this new commandment,
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 NKJV www.biblegateway.com
Jesus told them they needed to love each other the same way He loved them. That is a tall order for us. Think about it; do we love each other in the same manner in which Jesus loves us? I can’t say I always do and I know I have been around a lot of Christians who would be lying if they said they did. The amazing love of Jesus is extremely hard for us to practice because we have this thing called the sin nature which we were born with. It refuses to die; the apostle Paul tells us in Romans we are dead to our sin (6:11) but the sin nature or the flesh is like a cat with nine lives, it does not want to die or stay down. We used to a have saying, “You need to suppress the flesh.” The flesh wants to keep rising up to take control of our lives again, but we live according to the Holy Spirit who lives within us and therefore the flesh will be suppressed as we yield to the Spirit. We are able to love others in the way Jesus does by allowing the Holy Spirit to control our lives. It is simple, we love because Jesus loved us first. Consider this: Think about someone you detested before you were saved and then think about that same person now and the love you have for them. God changes our hearts and teaches us to love because He loves us.
When we read the gospels, we can witness the love which Jesus had for people during His earthly ministry. We read about the people He healed and the people He delivered from demon possession. His love was demonstrated in ways that are astonishing. We might sometimes wonder why He would heal people like He did or why He would do some of the things He did which demonstrated His love for sinful, evil mankind. The first thing He did to demonstrate His love for us was His discussion with Nicodemus. He told Nicodemus what was needed for salvation; we need to be spiritually reborn. Take away the love and He could have easily told Nicodemus to go figure it out himself. After all, Nicodemus was one of Israel’s great teachers. He could have told him He had a long day and He needed His rest and to “just go away and don’t bother me!” But, Jesus demonstrated His love and explained what is required for salvation. Jesus healed many people of many different infirmities. He restored sight to the blind, he healed the lame and they could walk, he healed the women with the blood issue and he returned life to Lazarus and He fed the 5000 and the 4000. There are many other examples of the love which Jesus displayed in the gospels and through His apostles in the book of Acts. People came to Jesus asking Him to heal them, to heal family members and servants. They displayed a degree of faith in Jesus to heal and He did. He healed completely, not partially. When He healed the lame, they didn’t walk with a limp, they walked and in some cases ran and jumped. I have seen video of some of the faith healer’s revivals and it is embarrassing (and frustrating) as a Christian to watch the charades these people would call a healing. A young boy whose head continues to turn from one side to the other who has been healed. Healed from what? The evangelist explains, “Before he was healed, he couldn’t move his head at all!” What! Are you kidding me??! Where in the Bible or the gospels do we find Jesus healing in this manner? Any healing which Jesus or His disciples were a part of was a complete healing! He never performed a partial healing on anyone. The lame walked without any limp, crutches, cane or walker. The blind could see crystal clear, the blood issue was stopped completely with no oozing. When Jesus drove the demons from the man at the tombs at the country of the Gadarenes, all of them were gone, not just some of them. Jesus heals completely and when you see a faith healer performing a healing and there is a limp or partial vision and anything else that is short of a complete healing, there is something funny going on. It is not a healing Jesus has had a part in. Rev. Keith Gibson writes this about the very popular faith healer, Benny Hinn,
Those Jesus healed did not relapse, either. But compare this to the case of Ernestine Rodriguez of Santa Fe, NM who was pronounced healed of brain cancer by Hinn during a 1992 broadcast. Tests performed three weeks later demonstrated the cancer remained. Hinn’s explanation on a later broadcast was, “I do know this: Healing is received by and must be kept by faith. There’s been the cases where they’ve lost their healings.” Another example is Jordie Gibson, who determined to stop kidney dialysis and fly to a Hinn crusade in Anaheim. Gibson is still a believer and believes that he experienced God’s healing power, though he has had to return to dialysis. Yet, never do we see Jesus instructing those He has touched to maintain their healing by faith.
This is really sad; these charlatans would lie to people and give them false hope while they believe that Jesus is involved in these phony healings, which are not healings at all. There is no love in these activities, except maybe the love of money which is gained as a belief in these lies. The amazing love of Jesus is not a maybe, or a possibility, it is absolute. There have been many people healed by God and their testimony and medical documentation is evidence of the healing. The healing was complete. Benny Hinn has never been able to produce even one document declaring a medical healing or any other type of healing for that matter.
The love of Jesus for us is not a maybe, it is a sure thing. How do we know the love He has for us? Where do we find the evidence of it? The apostle Paul tells us in Romans,
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom. 5:8 NKJV
No other love like this is known to mankind; never has anyone else been able to die in our place and provide salvation for our souls and an eternity in heaven with God. When Jesus went to the cross, He was dying for people who had not even been born yet. Those who were born after this act of love, were born with a sinful nature but Jesus stilled loved them/us. Jesus doesn’t pick and choose those who He dispenses His love to, He loves everyone ever born into this world. It doesn’t matter what type of evil or sin is in their life or their heart, He still loves them. Some people refuse to believe that Jesus loves those who are not saved. I ask, “How did we get saved? If Jesus has no love for us before salvation, did He not die for us?” John 3:16 says that God love the whole world and whoever, whosoever, everyone, (different forms of translation) who believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jn. 3:16 NKJV
The KJV uses whosoever and the NLT use everyone in this verse. They are all proper words which are translated from the original Greek text. I mention this only because they are those who would claim Jesus only died for certain ones and the rest are determined to spend eternity in hell. The word used in the original text is, pas. In his dictionary, The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament¹, Spiros Zodhiates defines pas this way: Includes the idea of oneness, a totality or the whole. This is how these terms, whoever, whosoever and everyone are used in this verse and carries with it the meaning, simply put, every human being ever born or to be born has the opportunity for salvation because Jesus died for everyone. What kind of god would only love some and not others. The God of the Bible loves everyone, past, present and future. The amazing love of Jesus is demonstrated in the fact, as the Bible declares, He loves us all, everyone. Our race, our heritage, our gender or any other item which would describe us, will not stand in the way of the love Jesus has for us all. Dave Hunt wrote an excellent book on this topic, What Love is This?² It is a thorough study of this topic.
As we celebrate the Christmas holiday, we should keep in mind the one, true meaning of the celebration, Jesus. Jesus took on human form for the purpose of dying for us, in our place to provide redemption and an opportunity for us to be saved. What other example or display of love can you think of which is greater than that? I can think of none. So, not only during this holiday season but every day of the year, we need to constantly remember and be aware of the amazing love of Jesus.
¹The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, Spiros Zodhiates Th.D, p.1124 AMG Publishers
²What Love is This?, Dave Hunt, Loyal Publishing