“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
He loved us! How did He love us? By sending His son “to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t use, nor do I hear people use the word ‘propitiation’ on a regular basis. Most people probably don’t even know what this words means. Propitiation has a two-fold meaning, (1) that of covering over something or someone, and (2) deflecting or turning away the wrath that is about to consume something or someone.
Did you know that God’s wrath is going to come upon the person that is not covered by His Son, Jesus Christ? God is a just God and therefore must punish sin. But, He loved us so much that He sent His one and only son to be our covering.
I have two boys. If one of them was about to get hurt, and I had the ability to put myself in their place to take the hurt, I would. But, how many of us would be willing to give up our own child to save someone else? That is what God did for you and for me. He loves us that much!
The people who live in your neighborhood, the people you work with, the people who shop at your grocery store, the people who exercise at your gym; they need to know that God loves them and that He sent “His Son to be the propitiation for” their sins.
My encouragement for us this week: Find a way to use the word ‘Propitiation’ in a conversation this week and then share with that person how that reveals how much God loves them!
Have a great week talking to people about Jesus!