Too often, through trials and tribulations, we doubt we are loved. We doubt there is anyone who cares, I mean really cares for our well-being. Usually we look to people, activities, or achievements for love, only to find disappointment.
The truth is there is someone who loved us before we were born; someone who never disappoints. And, we are specifically created to be in a loving relationship with Him; we are not created to falsely seek love from the affairs of this world.
Unlike what the world offers, God’s son Jesus came so that we may be loved!
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Jesus came to offer a life of love, rock solid love – a love that fulfills. His love is unlike relationships and circumstances that are fluid with change; that leave us in doubt and despair. Jesus came with a specific purpose: to die in our place for our sin (make atonement) so that we may spend eternity in heaven.
In ancient Israel animal blood sacrifice was the way the Jewish nation made atonement to God for their sin.
In Leviticus we find God speaking to Moses declaring the essential truth of blood sacrifice. Israel’s custom was for certain creatures – ox, sheep, goats, doves, and pigeons, all without defect – to be sacrificed as yearly offerings. The creatures were slaughtered, the blood splattered on the alter, thus, as God required, sacrificial animal blood atoned for man’s sin.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.
Though Israel followed the ritual of animal sacrifice, they continued to sin and doubt God. The book of Hebrews tells us God became disappointed with His chosen people for their sin. Under the first covenant God made through Moses with Israel to obey the Law, the Ten Commandments, Israel failed. They failed at following God’s instructions. But because God continually loves His children Israel (and loves us, His future adopted children) a new covenant was declared.
Hebrews 8:7-13 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
Jesus is the New Covenant. He replaced the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is His blood is the finial sacrifice for all sin. What greater love can there be than for a sinless man to offer His blood as sacrifice for another’s sin?
John 15:13-14 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
Let it be known no one forced Jesus to lay down His life on the cross; not Pontius Pilate or the Roman soldiers, not the Sanhedrin or the Pharisees. As fully God and fully human it was Jesus, because He loves us so much, who allowed Himself to die a criminal’s death on the cross, thus fulfilling His predestined position as the final sacrifice.
John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
Out of pour love for us, Jesus came and sacrificially gave Himself up on the cross. This means no more creature blood sacrifices are required by God as payment for sin. Jesus’ blood which dripped on the cross, the wooden alter where His earthly life ended, is the final sacrifice.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Friend, if you doubt you are loved, I encourage you to turn to Jesus. Believe in what He did for you on the cross. Have faith in The Word that declares His holy sacrifice for you. Confess you sin to Him and lay down your burden of feeling unloved on His blood covered wooden alter.
If you humbly open your heart to Him He will fill it with His glory, never letting you feel unloved again.
Ephesians 3:16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Are You A Follower Of Jesus?
If you’re uncertain you’ve ever invited Jesus into your heart – now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Only through Jesus Christ can you receive the redemptive hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”