Summary: Jesus went beyond just dying for His friends, He died for His enemies, that is, He died for you and for me, because we’re all sinners. THAT IS LOVE! NO OTHER LOVE CAN COMPARE WITH THIS. NEVER WILL BE.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” KJV
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. AMP
The most popular Bible verse and preached by all preachers.
There is a Reason For God’s Love; “For God so loved...” 1 John 4:8 and 16 tell us that “God is love.” Never was a more important declaration made than this—God is love. This is a profound statement. God doesn’t just love; He is love. His nature and essence are love. Love permeates His very being and infuses all His other attributes, even His wrath and anger. Because God’s very nature is love, He must demonstrate love. God's love is personal. He knows each of us individually and loves us personally. His is a mighty love that has no beginning and no end. It is this experiencing of God’s love that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Why does God love us? It is because of who He is: "God is love." And so this outline, frequently used verse, an epic declaration of our Master Himself and loved by all believers of Jesus. May it bring forth to all of us the reason of our heartbeat. Let us be the Nicodemus right this very moment....
I- The Object Of God’s Love
The object of God’s love is for us all. The World in general so that none should perish. We were created for one reason: to have a fellowship with God Himself! The Bible teaches that something in the heart of God cares deeply for all of creation. In a full-circled Christian understanding of the “good news,” God gave Jesus not only for the human sphere, but because God loves the entirety of the cosmos. Humanity — and the earth itself — are renewed and restored at the end of the age, not roasted and replaced.
The objective of God's Love is that we might have fellowship with Him and in His Love have fellowship with each other. Plainly, we are to enjoy the same intimate fellowship with each other and God that the Trinity has with each other.
God created us as an object of His love. God made us so He could love us and so that we could love Him. God’s love for us is the reason our heart’s beating right now; it’s the reason we’re breathing.
God’s Good News is that He loves you on your good days as much as He loves you on your bad days. He loves you when you can feel His love, and He loves you when you can’t seem to feel His love. He loves you whether or not you think you deserve His love.
There is nothing you can do that will make God stop loving you. You could try, but you simply can’t do it — because His love for you is based upon His character and not on anything you do or say or feel.
II- The Offering Of God’s Love
“...that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son,”
Agape love. God’s sacrificial kind of love. The highest kind of love.
When it comes to human love we like to see more action behind the words. As the saying goes, “Action speaks louder than words.”
The Bible is full of God’s words of love for us, but God also put those words into action when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die upon the cross, even when, in our sins, we were His enemies. God paid the highest price possible so that we could experience the fullness of His love and have that personal relationship with Him.
It was a costly love. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”(John 15:13)
Such love is foreign to our human sinful nature.
The Apostle Paul said; “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 NKJV)
Jesus went beyond just dying for His friends, He died for His enemies, that is, He died for you and for me, because we’re sinners. And He sacrificed Himself for us so that we could have a loving relationship with Him. Only God has such love, and His love is truly the greatest love of them all.