We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Jesus demonstrated and personified what true love is. He gave up everything to come to this earth as a humble servant, be rejected, and take the punishment and wrath we deserved. Because all of us are born into sin we have no way to deal with the sin that is in our lives on our own. No matter how many good things we try to do it will never atone for the sin that is upon our lives. It is only through the precious blood of Jesus that we can be forgiven and declared righteous before God.
Under the Old Covenant the nation of Israel had animal sacrifices because it required the shedding of blood to atone for sin. The reason this is is because the life of an individual is found in the blood. But the sacrifices of animals only covered sin temporarily and need to be done over and over again.
But the sacrifice that Jesus gave us dealt with sin once and for all. Every person who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior is a brand new creation. The old has been nailed to the cross. We have died with Him and we have risen with Him. We have brand new life because Jesus has over come the grave. Let us draw near this day and abide daily in Him. May we be found faithful in the place of prayer and diligently study God’s word. He is coming soon and those who abide daily in Him will be prepared when the trumpet is sound.