I grew up in the church singing the song, "Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so..." It was an easy song to sing and to remember, and it embedded in my little mind and heart that Jesus loves me. Here recently I have begun to ponder on the love of Christ that preceded the foundation of the world. I believe, as John 1:1-4 and Hebrews 1:2 record, that Jesus existed with the Father and the Spirit before anything was made. God, the Trinity, being infinite and all-knowing knew that when He created this world what would happen. He knew that Adam and Eve would sin. He knew that sin would enter into his newly created world and separate mankind from himself. God knew that a sacrificial system would have to be made to bridge the separation. And what baffles me is that the Son knew that creating the world would eventually mean him taking on human flesh (though not losing his deity) and would mean his death. The Son, God, chose to give himself up for us before the foundation of the world, and then "chose us in him before the foundation of the world." (Eph. 1:4) (How COOL is that??? So baffles my finite mind!)
All that to say is that his love is infinite. He chose to love us before he created us although he knew of our sin, he knew we would reject him, and he knew of the cost. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8) The Bible, being a history of God's salvation for us, is focused on the cross. The Old Testament is looking toward the cross and moving us toward the cross because the cross was in God's mind from the very beginning and at the cross is God's greatest love displayed. And what makes it an even more amazing, incredible love is that it was a choice made before Genesis 1:1.
"For the love of Christ controls (or compels) us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised."
2 Cor. 5:14-15