“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
In most countries across the world, Easter, the event to remember Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and His victory over sin, was celebrated yesterday. There are many perhaps, who just enjoyed the day off from work, some enjoyed receiving chocolates or even families gathering together. Yet Easter always leaves us with one big question… Why did Jesus die? Many would answer this question with the statement that ‘Jesus died to forgive our sins’, and if so, would correctly answer this question. Jesus did die to forgive our sins. However, Jesus’ death on the cross represented more than just a spiritual exchange of our sins and His purity and forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross, as said by Jesus Himself in John’s gospel narrative, because ‘God loved the world’.
If we look at the cross merely as a symbol of our forgiveness, we can sometimes just get caught up in a cycle of ME, feeling guilty because of our sin, repenting, sinning, repenting and so on, repeating the cycle until we go up to glory. However, if we look at the cross as a symbol of love, knowing that whatever we do, we are still radically and unconditionally loved by the God who created this world, who saw it fit to allow His own Son to die in our place, it changes everything. We begin to stop focusing on our own sinful nature and start focusing on God’s love. The more we open our hearts to receive it, the more we naturally become bearers and sharers of it. God’s love for us is foundational to our faith. Knowing we are loved so much changes our perception of the kind of God we serve and our own self image. As we celebrate His resurrection, celebrate too, how much you are loved by the King of all ages.