His love is greater than our sin
By Derrick Johnson
Luke 4:18 says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
There are six things in the above passage Jesus was anointed to do for mankind. Why six? Well, because six is the number of man, and God knew exactly what six things man needed from Him. Although this passage was written thousands of years ago, man’s need for God has not changed, nor has God’s commitment to man changed.
Countless people in the world are lost and need to hear the Gospel. There are also countless people walking around with a broken heart, bound by addiction, oppressed, and need to experience freedom in their lives. This is the reason Jesus was sent, and the reason He is still with us now in spirit.
Our sins were great, but God’s love for us was greater, which is why He sent His son to pay the penalty of sin for all mankind. His sacrifice wasn’t just enough—it was more than enough. If we owed God 100 million dollars, then Jesus’s sacrifice was worth 1 billion dollars. His sacrifice was considered a transaction, and we received the difference as grace.
The bible says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” (John 15:13) A friend can be there in times of need to show love, do favors, or to give money. These actions can be genuine, or can have an underlying motive, which may have you doubt their true love. However, if this friend gives his life for you, there is absolutely no doubt he loved you. That’s the same love that Jesus poured out on the cross for you and me—a love unconditional…a love that was more than enough.