Galatians 1:4 reads in part, “… [Jesus] gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world.” It would be easy to brush past a phrase like this in reading the salutation to the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians, but if we stop for a moment to consider the weight of this statement – The Son of God “gave himself” as a ransom for our sins in order to reconcile us to God!
A few more amplifying verses from the mighty pen of the Apostle Paul give us more than enough to meditate on:
Gal 2:20: 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.
Eph 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it
1 Tim 2:5-6: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Tit 2:13-14: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.