John 3:16- 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.
When Adam ate the fruit, he committed treason and sin entered the entire human race. Jesus is the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) and He left heaven to undo what Adam did in the garden of Eden. Sin leads to death and because all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) we were all doomed to die. (Romans 5:8- But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.)
John 3:16 is the foundation of the Gospel. God loved us so much that He sacrificed His only Son for us because we were doomed to die. Sacrifice is an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy. We are so valuable to God that He allowed Jesus to take our place on the cross to die a death that He didn’t deserve. Jesus didn’t die because He was a bad person who needed to be punished. He was perfect and the only person on earth that never sinned. (Isaiah 53:6- We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on Him the guilt and sins of every one of us!)
What Jesus did for us on the cross is more than mere words can ever explain. He gave Himself to God to take away our sins and God was pleased, for Christ’s love for us was like sweet perfume to Him (Ephesians 5:2). He died for the whole world knowing that people still wouldn’t accept Him as Lord and Savior. When you love someone you’ll sacrifice anything for them, even if you don’t get anything in return. The greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends (John 15:13).
In the King James Version the word “sacrifice” appears 218 times. God sacrificed Jesus so that we may have life. Are we willing to sacrifice our life for Him? God gave us free will because real love isn’t forced. You wouldn't want to marry someone who was forced to love you and God doesn’t want to either. Even though we have free will, He let’s us know that there’s no life outside of Him. (Luke 9:24- Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it, but whoever insists on keeping his life will lose it.)
(Romans 12:1- And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask?)
“If you want to gain control of your life, you’ve got to give up control to God.”