What is the Love of God?
1 John 4:8 tells us God is love. He loves us even if we do not love Him. His love for us is not dependent on our love for Him. He created us for fellowship. He is our Father and loves us and pursues us even if we run the other way.
In Exodus 34 Moses tells us some character traits of God. God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. Moses wrote that after having a very intimate moment with God in Exodus 33. In 1 John 4 it tells us that we love because God loved us first. The Bible says John wrote the Book of John, 1 John and Revelation. John wrote about God’s love more than any disciple, why? Because he knew the love of God firsthand. John mentions in the Book of John 5 times that he was the disciple whom Jesus loved.
The most important way we know that God is love is 1 John 4:9-10 below. God sent His son Jesus to the cross to fix all that went wrong in the Garden of Eden. Through Jesus, we have full access to God as our Father. We are receivers of everything that God designed for us to have back in the garden.
1 John 4:9-10 NLT
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Why did God send Jesus to the cross?
Today we will be discussing some of the reasons why it gave God great pleasure to send His Son Jesus to the cross. As you can see from the verses below that He was very excited to have His family restored to Himself once again.
Ephesians 1:5-7 (NLT)
5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[a] 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
Isaiah 53:10-11 (AMP)
10 Yet the Lord was [a]willing
To crush Him, [b]causing Him to suffer;
If [c]He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin],
He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,
He shall prolong His days,
And the will (good pleasure) of the Lord shall succeed and prosper in His hand.
11 As a result of the [d]anguish of His soul,
He shall see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge [of what He has accomplished] the Righteous One,
My Servant, shall justify the many [making them righteous—upright before God, in right standing with Him],
For He shall bear [the responsibility for] their sins.