God is Intentional + Purposeful
This passage shows just how great and amazing God's love for us really is and He would go to any length to show us that love. God was very intentional and purpose driven in the timing and act of Jesus' death on the cross.
While We Were Still Sinners
God was not just sitting around twiddling his thumbs until he decided we have been trapped in our sin for long enough. He was very purposefully waiting until the perfect moment had arrived to execute his plan to redeem mankind and finally be reunited with his beloved creation. And all that time, God was being driven by a love that we can only truly understand with God's assistance. It is hard enough for us to understand dying for a good or righteous person, let alone an entire world of people who had done little more than reject and oppose the one who created them and loved them above all else. Yet, with no hesitation or question, God gave himself, in Jesus, as a complete sacrifice for all of mankind. He did this not just so we could no longer be trapped in opposition to him, but so we could step into a truly full, blessed, and abundant life as his beloved children.
Love With No Strings Attached
God wants each of us to know, without a doubt or question, that he loves us more than we could ever reasonable understand. And He wants His love to be received by us as a gift - not as a burden, or guilt trip for all the things we have done in our life, but as a joyful and freeing gift that would lead us into a deep and intimate relationship with Him. So, if you ever begin to struggle with feeling or believing that you are loved, wanted, or valued, I want you to come back to this passage and remind yourself of this truth. God saw such worth and was so compelled by his love for you that he departed from perfection, to endure the temptation of sin for 33 years and die, just for the hope of having a relationship with you.
I would pray for us to gain a fresh understanding of how significant and impossibly amazing God's love is. And for us to step deeper into the longing embrace of that love, knowing that it is for us. And that we have no need to be ashamed or feel undeserving of this love because God himself has determined that we are worthy.
- Will Goodwin