“Herein 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)
An amazing and wonderful truth is seen in our verse today. There is a big word in this verse that we no longer use in today’s English. To propitiate is just another way of saying to do something in good will or to reconcile. Jesus’ blood was poured out for all the world as an act of good will by the Father. His blood reconciles our sinful condition and makes us right in God’s eyes. When we believe in what Jesus did for us — died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice and rose on the 3rd day to prove victory over death — we are reconciled by that blood.
Our sin separates us from our Holy God and Father. We are far away from Him. Jesus’ blood brings us close to God. I like how Paul said it to the church at Ephesus:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Eph 2:13)
And The Father’s love is so deep that nothing can take it away from us. It is a sure thing. Love does not get any better than that.
Things to Think About and Do
- Look up the word “propitiation” and write down the definition. You may need to look it up in an older dictionary like Webster’s 1828 … here is an online link for you http://webstersdictionary1828.com/.
2. Tell someone else about the new “Old English” word that you learned today.
3. Offer a little prayer of thanksgiving to the Father for His deep, deep love for you.