When you love someone so deeply, so completely that words simply cannot reveal your love, how do you let them know how much you love them? When love is so great that the power of words can't express, we usually give a gift to the person we love. It may be an expensive gift, or a special, personal treasure--a gift that has great meaning and value to the giver.
God loved us more than words could declare, but not even God's words could solve our problem or address our need over 2000 years ago. So God gave us a gift--a gift that was very precious to Him. He gave us His son. He sent him into this world to be just like us--but without sin. He sent him to correct our wrong impressions of God and correct our wrong impressions of evil.
He sent Jesus to live among us, and that was a huge gift from His love, but it was not God's greatest gift of love. He let Jesus minister and teach among us with power and truth, and that was a huge gift from His love, but it was not God's greatest gift of love. He let Jesus die. God let His own son to be object, the target of all the evil God despised. God let religious people shame him, abuse him, ridicule him, taunt him and spill his blood in the dust.
Because God loved us that much, we learned who God is. We learned what evil is. We learned what forgiveness is. We learned what life is. Because God loved us that much, we have a Savior. It is because we have this Savior that we are here this morning.
God loved us so much that the gave us the death of His son. In that death, God gave us a Savior. Every Sunday we remember God's gift. Every Sunday we remember the price Jesus paid to be our Savior. And we honor him every Sunday by eating the bread and drinking the cup.