Read Romans 5:6-11 & 1 John 3:1

I read these words on a young woman’s personal website: “I just want to be loved—and he has to be amazing!”

Isn’t that what we all want—to be loved, to feel cared for by someone? And so much the better if he or she is amazing!

The one who fits that description most fully is Jesus Christ. In a display of unprecedented love, He left His Father in heaven and came to earth as the baby we celebrate at Christmas (Luke 2). Then, after living a perfect life, He gave His life as an offering to God on the cross in our behalf (John 19:17-30). He took our place because we needed to be rescued from our sin and its death penalty. “Christ [died] for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). Then 3 days later, the Father raised Jesus to life again (Matthew 28:1-8).

When we repent and receive Jesus’ gift of amazing love, He becomes our Savior (John 1:12; Romans 5:9), Lord (John 13:14), Teacher (Matthew 23:8), and Friend (John 15:14). “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

Looking for someone to love you? Jesus loves us so much more than anyone else possibly could. And He is truly amazing! The wonder of it all— just to think that Jesus loves me.

// Today’s Crosstraining is part of a two week series from Our Daily Bread: Christmas Edition //

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