The cross isn’t a revealing of your sin, it’s to reveal your value to God. For God so ‘loved’ the world He sent His Son!

Todd White

First of all, if you haven’t heard of Todd White, go now.

When you think of Jesus on the  cross what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, it’s carnage. Bloody full-on gore. Not love.

But the Bible is clear that Jesus on the cross is love. Yeah, I didn’t think so either at first but there is was.

We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us.

– 1 John 3:16a

There’s a word called kenosis, which is used for the idea of Jesus emptying himself. Check the link. It’s far too much for me to get into here. The self-emptying, self-giving God is what we see so painfully on display at Calvary. The God who gives himself in love for His creation.

The full picture of who God is is what we see on cross at Calvary. You have to look at little closer. There, through the blood and carnage, it is. There, through the labored breathing and mocking crowds, it is. There, in the cries from Jesus and the crying from his mother, it is.


Pure love.

Actual love. The kind you don’t see every day. The kind that when it comes along, you notice. You have to. It doesn’t force notice, but catches your eye and draws you in for closer inspection.

One of my favorite hymns is from Charles Wesley and speaks so beautifully to our need and Christ’s response.

He left his Father’s throne above
(so free, so infinite his grace!),
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!

– Charles Wesley, And Can It Be That I Should Gain