“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
To atone for means to be a sacrifice that stands in the place of another, and thus wipes out ones sins, forgiving them entirely.
In this case, Christ Himself is the atoning sacrifice – the unblemished, spotless lamb that took our place by dying on the cross on our behalf.
As a result we can be at one with Him again – or atoned for.
The atoning sacrifice of Christ was completely rooted in His deep love for us. This verse is clear that true love is rooted not in our love for Him, but His love for us. Any love we might have for Him or another stems only from Him loving us first.
A couple questions to ponder:
Do you realize the depth of Jesus’ love for you? Do you realize that His one sacrifice is sufficient?
There’s nothing you need to do but receive it. Contemplate that as we approach Good Friday and Easter.
Jesus has paid it all.
It is finished.