“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We don’t often stop to wonder where that cross came from, do we? Rough timber, that’s what we think of. Timber formed into a device of death. But the wood? It was cut from a tree — a tree that grew from a seed, just like every other living thing. God gave it life and allowed it to grow, despite knowing its destiny.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
“It is the Spirit who gives Life, … the words that I speak to you are Spirit,
and they are Life.”