While living in Kentucky, we lived about 20 miles from the Corvette plant and the Corvette Museum. When one visits the Corvette Museum, he will see dozens of Corvettes on display. They’re beautiful to look at but one thing is for certain…none of those automobiles on display are for demonstration. They are for display only. While the displays were really nice, if they really wanted to grab my attention, they would have let me take the car for a short demonstration.
Surely we see the difference between a “display” and a “demonstration.” A display is just for looks. A demonstration invites you to sit in the driver’s seat and take it for a spin. A display is superficial, a demonstration makes the sale.
With that in mind, have you considered the cross of Jesus? The cross of Jesus has often been called a “display” of God’s love. Yes, it was a display of God’s love, but it was more than that. It was a “demonstration!” God didn’t just sent a message, he participated in it!
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).