Does God really love us?
I say look to the crucified Jesus.
Look to the old rugged cross.
By every thorn that punctured His brow.
By every mark of the back lacerating scourge.
By every hair of his beard plucked from his cheeks by cruel fingers.
By every bruise which heavy fists made upon His head.
God said, "I love you!"
By all the spit that landed on his face.
By every drop of sinless blood that fell to the ground.
By every breath of pain which Jesus drew upon the cross.
By every beat of His loving heart. God said, I love you.
At the heart of the story stands the cross of Christ
where evil did it's worst and met it's match.
John W. Wenham