Hello, I have a few questions about the sacrifice of Jesus: What does it mean that God "gave" Jesus? (John 3:16) It appears more like God lent Jesus for 33 years and then He returned to the Father. If I buy something precious with a diamond, and the seller smashes the diamond into pieces, then I take those smashed pieces and put them back together restoring the diamond as it was before... and I keep the diamond, what price did I pay for my purchase? What is the permanency of Jesus' sacrifice? For God to have "given" something, it must have cost Him something... to lose something He doesn't have anymore. What did it cost God to purchase us? 1 Corinthians 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 7:23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. What is the value of suffering for 3 hours on a cross or being dead for 3 days in light of eternity? 3 hours or 3 days of suffering/death is infinitely negligible relative to eternity. Is it not so? What is missing from my understanding? Scripture tells us the currency of the transaction happened with blood. Acts 20:28 ... shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Revelation 5:9 ...You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. We also know the blood is precious. 1 Peter 1:18-19 ... you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ It seems like most in the church don't appreciate much the value of the blood. We take the gospel too lightly because we don't properly appreciate the weight of Jesus' sacrifice. What value does the shed blood have if Jesus is alive in heaven with the Father? What is the permanency of the sacrifice? What was sacrificed? What was lost? What was given up? To sacrifice means to give something you will not have anymore. If you receive back what you gave, what sacrifice is that?