Demonstrates

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

Demonstrates.

It’s such a movement word.

You can demonstrate something terrible or something delightful, but you can’t demonstrate standing still.

Right away, we know we have an active God.  There is no passive God in the Christian faith, but one of passion.

What does God demonstrate?

But God demonstrates his own love for us . .

God demonstrates love.

1 John 4:16b teaches us,

“God is love.”

What God demonstrates is naturally what He is.  He doesn’t have to pretend to love.  He doesn’t have to manufacture love.  He certainly doesn’t have to force Himself to love.  Since He is love, He simply demonstrates love.

As water seeps out of an overflowing river, God’s love seeps out of His overflowing nature.

I don’t know if you’ve ever gotten the chance to see street performers or not (usually in big cities), but they give a whole new class to performances.  It’s one thing to see someone up on a stage with makeup and lights and surround sound doing something amazing; it’s something else altogether to see someone at eye-level in street clothes on a sidewalk performing a talent.

When God first demonstrated His love in Christ, do you know how He did it?  Not with the awesome splendor and trembling wonder that the Second Coming will have . . but with the birth of a little baby in a crowded city.  He demonstrated His love in a manger.

And what did Jesus do in His time on earth?  He walked with sandaled feet around a countryside and through towns, teaching ordinary and even despised people to turn their hearts to God.  He healed the isolated and the disgusting.  He chose for His close friends a group of men doing regular jobs.  There wasn’t one CEO in the mix.

And then there was His death–murdered on a cross.  He could have chosen a way to die that no one had ever died, but instead He chose a way that many criminals in that time commonly died.  Why?

God demonstrates.

At eye level.  Where we can all see Him.  In fact, Jesus said in John 8:28 about His death,

“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.”

The cross identified Jesus as God.  Only God, only God would be willing to come and demonstrate His love for us dressed in street clothes, without props and fanfare.  He didn’t come to show off.  He came to demonstrate.  To demonstrate the love that overflows from Him.

That we might be saved by the demonstration.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

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