In Ethiopia, we were able to see some pictures of the Scriptures a little poignantly as they are still in a culture that closely resembles Christ's. He came to a world of struggles and trials, striving for food each day was a normal thing, shepherding sheep and trying to tell the difference between sheep and goats.
As I was driving along the country side there, I was struck by some people's accumulation of live stock. There were some pretty big herds along the way. If a hyena comes and takes 1 sheep out of a herd off 2000, does it really matter? Sure, to a small degree the shepherd is moved by the loss of even one sheep, but since he has 1999 more, the pain is not so intense.
But what about our Heavenly Father who has only One Son? To think that the Father was willing to give up His Only Son to come to the earth and allow us to insult, beat, torture and kill His Only Son is difficult to imagine. He loves us so much that He was willing to send His Sin to take our place, just so He could win us back.
1 of many is a little difficult. 1 of 1 is impossible for us to grasp. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift.