“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 ESV)
I’m always so struck by this verse.
He loves me.
He gave himself for me.
Me? Slow to understand, impatient, backsliding, lazy, not-much-to-offer—that me? Yes, me.
And this “gave himself” is shorthand for reminding us of the crucifixion, that awful, wretched death where God’s wrath was exhausted on him for our sins. I can’t even imagine the horror.
And why would Jesus do such a thing?
What does Paul say? He loves you.
“The fact that on the cross Jesus bore believers’ sins as their personal, individual substitute (“he … for me”) shows that the crucifixion was not an impersonal, mechanical transaction, but a personal expression of Christ’s love for people as individuals.” (ESV Study Bible)
Christianity is never impersonal. This is a real, vibrant, essential relationship with Jesus himself—he is alive for you. God and Savior. Lord and Friend.
So, does Jesus really love you? Friend, Jesus loves you—the Bible tells you so.
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5 ESV)