Lent—Fifty Reasons #6: To Show His Own Love for Us

fifty-reasons-why-jesus-came-to-dieReason #6: Christ Suffered and Died to Show His Own Love for Us

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1–2 ESV).

“The death of Christ is not only the demonstration of God’s love (John 3:16), it is also the supreme expression of Christ’s own love for all who receive it as their treasure. The early witnesses who suffered most for being Christians were captured by this fact: Christ ‘loved me and gave himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20). They took the self-giving act of Christ’s sacrifice very per- sonally. They said, “He loved me. He gave himself for me.”

(John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Wheaton: Crossway, 2006] p. 30).

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The rest of the above referenced book can be downloaded for free as a PDF. This book makes a great devotional for daily Lenten meditations.

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