7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:7-9
“To make manifest” means to make something evident, or clear.
John is saying in verse nine that God made his love for us obvious by sending his only Son into the world. He is claiming that Jesus is the ultimate evidence that God is a loving God.
We live in a world that loves to argue that God isn’t good, that he couldn’t possibly be loving. They ask about wars, violence, tsunamis, they point to all of these horrible things as evidence that obviously, we as believers are wrong. After all, if God is so good, why would he let all those bad things happen?
That question though, to a believer, doesn’t quite resonate with us as proof. We already believed that God was good before the wars, before the tsunamis- we point to Jesus coming down as evidence that God loves us, and John says that this is all the proof we need.
If we can look at the character of Jesus, we can see the character of God. Jesus came down and saw the lowly when the rest of the world ignored them. He was kind to women caught in adultery. He loved the tax collectors, even cared about the people who stole. He disliked and publicly mocked those who had power and took advantage of it.
Jesus is all the proof we need that God is loving, and that he is good.
I pray that we would believe in God’s loving nature, in his goodness, and that we would see it in a new way in a story about Jesus on earth today. I pray that we would believe it so much that we wouldn’t be able to help but share it.