Many things in life help. But they’re surely not a must. A church’s brick and mortar building helps. But a church building is not a must. Money helps. But money is not a must. A salary helps. But a salary is not a must.
When people love you, that helps. But others’ love for you is not a must.
The cross of Christ proves that while our love for God tremendously helps, our love for Him was not a must in order for Christ to die for us.
“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10)
“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)
If we truly love God, it is because he first loved us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The love of God is a must. The blood of Jesus is a must. His burial is a must. His resurrection is a must. His ascension is a must. His return is a must. Life is a must. God is life, eternal life.