“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10 NKJV)
How did we become–enemies, separated from relationship with God in the first place? Sin–the disobedience of Adam (both the male and female were called Adam since they were “one” in God’s sight). Before the fall–they were in position to converse with God on a daily basis and were not ashamed of their nakedness in the Garden of Eden. When they succumbed to Satan’s influence and allowed their “lust” of their eyes to override their heart, they were exposed to themselves as “fallible human beings” and created a gap between them and the “infallible” God of Heaven.
Time after time, God made a way for people to be reconciled to Him, and time after time, people failed to obey–The Law and The Prophets. Loving His creation the way He did, He decided to come down and once and all, bridge the gap created by sin, so we would be saved from ourselves and our relationship with Him, restored.
Since Jesus–was God in the flesh–it was important that His life remain untainted until the end when He who knew no sin, became sin for all of us and was the ultimate sacrifice, offered for the remission of sin and reconciliation with The Father.
Unless we have a heart to know God, understanding how much He loves us by what He did will never make sense. But once we know, every time we think of His sacrifice, our hearts should be flooded with tears of gratitude and our minds made up to live to please Him. Just knowing that He hears me when I call upon Him, sees every effort I make to live right, and feels every pain that I feel, is enough for me–to praise Him, for the rest of my life. Hallelujah!