Sometimes an enemy of God’s truth becomes a truth-teller without intending to be.
Celsus, a 2nd-century Roman philosopher, sought to discredit biblical faith. He wrote in his book True Discourse, “The root of Christianity is its excessive valuation of the human soul, and the absurd idea that God takes an interest in man.”
Even though Celsus opposed Christianity, he was telling the truth! It does seem absurd to a God-denier that the Almighty Creator would take such a deep personal interest in mere mortals. Yet that is the very heart of the gospel. The Bible reveals that we are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). And tied to every one of us is the price-tag of Calvary.
So when we look at it through Christ’s eyes, we see that He values us even though we are sinners. Why else would the Savior die for us? There is no room for human pride here—every bit of our worth comes from God. Yet Scripture assures us that God cares for you, me, and all the earth’s billions of people (Lk. 12:6-7; Jn. 3:16).
Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, “Christ . . . loved me and gave Himself for me.” His immeasurable sacrifice tells us that we are of great worth!
His hands and feet and heart, all three
Were pierced for me on Calvary,
And here and now, to Him I bring
My hands, feet, heart, an offering. —Allen
The death of Christ is the measure of God's love for you.