Romans 5:6-8-6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
How Great the Sacrifice Was & Is
Matthew 26:38-39 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
How the sacrifice works
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)- 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be [j]sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Do we believe that nothing, not even our own sin- can separate us from God’s love? This doesn’t mean God winks at our sin like the proverbial indulgent grandfather. Rather it means that he has forgiven our sins because of the atoning sacrifice of his son. God proved his love to us by sending Christ to suffer in our place. Therefore, to doubt his love because of our sin is an affront to him. It says in effect that merit of Christ death is not sufficient to cover the demerit of our sin. What an insult to God!
How will we respond
Romans 12:1-2 -And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
QUESTIONS FOR LIFE GROUP OR PERSONAL REFLECTION
Main Point: God sacrificed for us, and He expects us to have a sacrificial love for Him and others.
Primary Scripture: Genesis 22:1-19 – (Abraham and Isaac)
Additional Scripture to Consider: