“For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father” (John 16:27).

What a timely honoring of God’s love. Too often, it seems, people hold to view of God painting him as some type of heavenly ogre; a killjoy just waiting to pour out his wrath upon humanity. Then comes along Jesus as the loving nice guy; counteracting God’s vengeful spirit. Nothing could be more untrue and unbiblical. It is, in fact, the love of God that stands preeminent over the entire salvation narrative; the driving force behind its fruition through the incarnate life and ministry of Jesus. The sending forth of his son is the purest form of love this world will ever experience.

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