Focal passage: Matthew 27:41-52
How do you know God loves you? Some people might say I know God loves me because every day He gives me blessings I do not deserve.
Others might say I know God loves me because He gave me His Word to guide and lead me.
Both of these reasons are correct, but I believe the greatest expression of God’s love for us is seen in His crucifixion.
Our focal passage describes how Jesus was mocked, forsaken and crucified on the cross for us (Matthew 27:41-52). Consequently, it was through Jesus’ death that the chasm between God and us was removed making it possible for us to have a relationship with Him, which is the ultimate expression of love.
I like how Bill Lobbs expressed God’s love for us when he wrote: “Does God really love us? I say look to the crucified Jesus.
“Look to the old rugged cross. By every thorn that punctured His brow – by every mark of the back lacerating scourge – by every hair of His beard plucked from His cheeks by cruel fingers – by every bruise which heavy fists made upon His head.
“God said, ‘I love you!’ – by all the spit that landed on His face – by every drop of sinless blood that fell to the ground – by every breath of pain which Jesus drew upon the cross – by every beat of His loving heart – God said, ‘I love you!’”
Periodically, we sing a hymn at our church that freshly reminds me of God’s love for us.
Verse three and the chorus reads, “In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine such a wonderful beauty I see; for ‘twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me. So I will cherish the old rugged cross till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.”
If there is ever any question in your heart that God loves you, just look to cross and you will find the answer.