4. We got to see God’s love in action.
When Jesus came, he gave to us a physical representation of the invisible God (John 1:18). He made the truth of the triune God something we could understand better. The other thing he also did was give us a physical representation of how much God truly loves us. Perhaps this is the greatest way the world changed when Jesus died for our sins because we saw God’s love in action. Jesus represented the mercy of God, the grace of God, the power of God, and most importantly, the person of God. God in the flesh. Prior to Jesus’ sacrifice, there was not one demonstration of God’s love for humanity that we could use to prove how much God loves us. Yes, God covered sin, provided for the nation of Israel, brought deliverance, and performed many miracles on their behalf. As great as that is, though, there is no greater act than Jesus dying, proving God’s love. That’s why scriptures like these make more sense considering Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin:
“But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 (AMP)
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved." - Ephesians 2:1-5
Final Thought – It’s about the one.
When you consider the way Jesus changed the world, perhaps it’s the way of transformation that is most amazing. He didn’t lead a political revolution. He didn’t lead a military campaign, nor did he chase the fame of the crowds. While he often would address the many, he never stopped caring about the one. The change we have seen in the world is simply a result of Jesus changing one life at a time, one heart at a time. As important as it is to remember "God so loved the world" (John 3:16), it is equally important to realize that God so loved you. Every salvation experience is an individual's encounter with the true and living God. May we never forget the hope found in Christ and realize that every person we see is a person that Jesus gave his life for. This hope started changing the world two-thousand years ago and it has not stopped since.