From Genesis 2
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.
But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Created in God’s image, we enjoy this wonderful capacity to sacrificially and unconditionally love others. We run to get married because of it. We nurture and protect our children because of it. Soldiers sometimes give up their lives on the battlefield because of it. It is ingrained in our deepest thoughts and actions, though imperfect.
And the God who gives this love is perfect love Himself. He proved it 2000 years ago when He was manifested in His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, who paid the required price demanded for sinful men and women who couldn’t pay it themselves. God’s law requires 100% obedience – no lying, no stealing, no thought murder or sexual lust. Only Jesus lived a sinless life that completely met God’s law-keeping.
And only Jesus was qualified to pay for sins by receiving God’s wrath and judgment. A Roman crucifixion was in God’s plan for this redemption, and that plan also included a rising from the dead and ascension to sit as eternal King and Lord of His church in heaven.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”