Estimating God’s Love
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. —Philippians 2:5-8
Romans 8:32 tells us, “He who did not spare His own Son . . .” Consistently, the Bible message of God’s love is, “Hey, you don’t think God loves you? Look at what God did for you in His Son, Jesus Christ: “He [God] who did not spare His own Son . . .”
Question: Did not spare Him what? First, He did not spare Him humiliation. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, Eternal God, Creator of the Universe, became a human being! He took on flesh and blood with all the limitations of a physical life. Philippians 2:6-8, says, “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,(Why? Because He had it) but made himself of nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form . . .” God of the Universe in human form! God did not spare His son humiliation.
Second, God did not spare Christ degradation: the mocking, the spit, the laughter, the torture, the crown of thorns, heaped on the precious Son of God! God did not spare His Son the degradation of His atoning work.
And, of course, God did not spare His Son crucifixion. “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,” Philippians 2:8 says, “even death on a cross”! Death on a cross was the most humiliating, torturous way for a person to die. Why did God not spare His own Son? Because He loves you, that’s why.
Romans 8:31 tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Do you want to know if God is really for you? He did not spare His own Son.He gave the best for the worst. He gave the highest for the lowest. He did the most (through Christ) for the least (you and me). That’s what God did! And that is God’s message of love to you and me! He did absolutely everything He could do to find you, and reach you, and forgive you. And that complete message is wrapped up in what He did Himself, in the person of His Son who came to the world at Christmas. —James MacDonald
Prayer - Father, thank You for not sparing Your Son that I might become Your son or daughter by faith. Thank You for all You did, including Your unexpected arrival at Christmas. Help me to fully appreciate, marvel over, and relish Your matchless love for me. Help me set time aside in the hustle and bustle of Christmas to get lost in wonder and worship over Your great love for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.