Great love is manifested in the cost of the
gift and the sacrifice of the giver. True
lovers hold nothing back but give the best
they have - including all they possess and
their very lives.
God our Creator and heavenly Father has loved
each one of us with an immeasurable and
everlasting love. That is why he sent his only
begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to set us
free from a debt we could not repay and to
break the curse of death and slavery to sin.
John the Evangelist describes the cost and
aim of God's love for the world:
"God so loved the world that he gave his
only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life"
Scripture tells us that God sent his Son into
the world - not to condemn but to redeem - not
to destroy but to heal and restore. The Lord
Jesus willingly took our place and the
punishment we deserved. That is why
Jesus suffered and died on the Cross to
atone for our sins and the sin of the world.
We can find no greater proof of God's love
for fallen sinful humanity than the cross of
Jesus Christ. "To ransom a slave God gave away
his Son" (from an early Christian hymn for the
Easter vigil liturgy). The Lord Jesus has won
great victory for us through his death and
resurrection. His victory frees us to love as
he loves and to lay down our lives as a
sacrificial offering of love and service for
one another (John
In this issue
This issue focuses on the gift of God's love
for us and what it cost him to restore us to
fulness of life, peace, and joy in his
As we ponder the great victory which the Lord
Jesus has accomplished on the Cross, let us
ask the Lord to renew in us the supernatural
gift of his transforming love which conquers
every fear, every weight of sin, and every
obstacle that stands between us and him and
his will for our lives. The Lord Jesus has won
great freedom for us to walk in love and to
follow him with joyful trust and obedience.
Let us offer our lives anew to him as a
willing sacrifice of praise and gratitude for
the abundant life he gives us now and forever.