“But God demonstrates his own Jesus Gospel Of Love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8. NIV.
There are many good, clear verses in Scripture which teach us that Jesus is God (John 1:1-3, Hebrews 1:1-4, etc.).
There is also the truth that Jesus is God, in fact, has to be God, because of God’s love.
The above verse in Romans says that God demonstrated His love for us by having Christ die for us.
To this we can add John 3:16-17, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
While God shows His love to humanity in many ways every day, Christ’s death for our sins was the primary way that God showed us His love. To see why this means that Jesus had to be God, let’s think about ways that one person can show love to another.
At the basic level is through words. One can say, “I love you.” That is nice, and depending on the length of the relationship, maybe a bit risky, but there is no cost or sacrifice involved. Three words said or penned (hopefully not texted if it’s for the first time) and that is all.
We know that merely saying words, without any action, doesn’t mean very much. When loving actions follow the words, then we see true love. And the greater the love, the greater one is willing to pay or sacrifice (as able) to show his or her love.
The first way of acting our ones love may be to buy a present for the beloved. This is doing more than just saying, “I love you.” While it’s not a huge sacrifice, it is a start.