Often, it’s good to appreciate what you have by looking at what you didn’t get. Take John 3:16 and let’s imagine it differently. What if God didn’t love the world? He wouldn’t have given his Son or sent him into the world. Tragically, the world could not be saved.

It’s easy to imagine. God not loving rebellious men. For since the creation, God has revealed himself by his invisible attributes. But although they knew him, they didn’t glorify him as God or give thanks to him (Romans 1:19-21).

Imagine further with me. Jesus never came. Preaching is meaningless and our faith is empty and worthless. All men would face condemnation, since there is no cross, no payment for sins nor forgiveness.

Heaven would be void of any man and inhabited only by God and righteous angels. Even the great men of faith, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Daniel and John the Baptist would be cast into hell forever, since we’re all still in our sins and do not have the righteousness of Christ.

Now be astonished by the truth. “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer. And though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring.”

My soul, be amazed and adore your Lord! For the Father did not spare his own Son but delivered him up for us all (Romans 8:32). At the same time, Jesus willingly offered himself without spot to God.

His Father promised that he would see his offspring. And for the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame (Hebrews 12:2).

Lord Jesus, thank you for leaving Heaven for us. We are undeserving. Yet You have become for us righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God!

Throughout This Day: Imagine what life would be like if you had not come to know Jesus in all his glory and grace. Now imagine what life is like for people around you who have yet to join his forever family.

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