"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for brothers and sisters." -1 John 3:16
This really is the ultimate gift of love. Jesus sacrificed his life for us. How many of us would do the same for a friend, family member, etc? I know as a mom I would sacrifice my life so that my kids can live. I think all parents would do this. We never want to see harm come to our kids, but we would put our lives on the line. That is exactly what Jesus did. We are God's children and He didn't want to see us live in eternity in despair. Jesus sacrificed his life so that we may live forever with Him. Such a wonderful expression of love. Everyday when I think about what Jesus did for me, I'm just in awe. I knw there are days I don't deserve that kind of love. Yet, God thought I needed that love to open up my eyes, my heart, and my mind. I'm so very thankful for that ultimate gift of love.