For those of you who have children, can you imagine taking your child and offering them as a sacrifice to be flogged, flailed, tortured, and then have nails driven through their wrists and feet and hung to die for days? Would anything make you do this? It is pretty unthinkable. Yet, God so loved us and wanted us saved that this is precisely what he did. He allowed these horrible things done to His only Son. He placed the sins of all mankind on the shoulders of this innocent and allowed him to be tortured and die in a horrible way, because he loved us to much he wanted to save us and have a way to come to Him. Whenever I think of this, it absolutely boggles my mind - His love for us is SO great that he let this happen to His only Son. It is something worth contemplating if ever any doubt enters your mind whether God truly loves you and wants the best for you. When we are facing serious challenges, we sometimes feel like God has abandoned us, but he never will. How could someone who offered His son in this manner do anything but what is best for you? The sacrifice of Jesus is proof of the enormity of God's great love for us.