The cross is so many things. It is pain and healing. It is defeat and victory. It is death and life. But one of the things that the cross is to me is a declaration–an unashamed declaration–of God’s love for us. The birth of Jesus was a small affair, just a few shepherds and a wise man or three, but His death was public. It was out in the open. It wasn’t hidden away in some corner. It was God saying to the whole world. “You want to know how much I love you? You want to know how far I will go to make sure you know I care? Well check this out! Here is my love.”
God didn’t whisper his love to us like a guy on the phone with his wife when his friends are around. God was unashamed in His love for us.
So here is the idea:
Find an old love letter that you wrote to your significant other back when you were still in that mushy-ushy sickly-sweet love stage. The younger you were when you wrote it the better.
Then tell a little about your letter (when it was written etc.) and then read it for your group. Don’t be ashamed of your love and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself a bit either.
Say: This same type of love–this unashamed, unafraid to show it to the world kind of love–that is how God loves you. In the cross God showed us His love. He wrote it out for all of the world to see. He didn’t hide it, he shouted his love for you and for me. The cross is many things, but one thing it is, is God’s declaration of love for you and for me.