I cannot imagine the horror a mother felt when seeing her seven-year-old son pinned to the ground by a mountain lion! Her son was playing in the yard of their home on Vancouver Island in British Columbia when she heard the commotion. Like any loving mother, she rushed out to save him, throwing herself on the lion. She vainly tried to pry open his jaws clamped firmly on her son’s arm. Thankfully, her screams for help caused the young famished lion to run. Because of her willingness to sacrifice herself, her son emerged needing only some stitches on his arm and head.
Today’s verse speaks of another sacrifice also motivated by love. God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die in our place (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this; than to lay down one’s life for another (John 15:13) and that is what the Lord did for us. Jesus not only paid the price for sin by enduring physical pain but also the pain of separation from the Father. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. What an incredible price He paid to demonstrate His love!
When I think of the cost of His sacrifice I am humbled and overwhelmed that He could love me this much! God so loved me that He gave. He gave to save me from certain and eternal death. He gave in order to begin a love relationship that will last into all eternity. He gave, not because I deserve Him but because of His amazing grace!
Lord, thank you for reminding me of Your incredible love, especially today.