Love cannot be measured by the pound, the kilo, the yard, or the metre. However, Jesus has given us a clue as to how we can measure love in John 15:13. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
What he was saying is the measure you apply to love is what you are prepared to give up for it, in this case his life.
As a father, if I had the choice to give up my life in place of my son, I would do it. It would be easier for me to die, than to watch him die. Yet God so loved the world that he gave his son. (John 3:16)
Note it says that GOD so loved the world. I’m sure Jesus did too, as he is also God, but when you read the Bible, it only mentions Jesus loved those that God gave him.
How could God conceive such a plan that would involve the death of his son, his only son? It is impossible for me to comprehend. Such was his pain, that on the cross God couldn’t bear to look at his son suffering. This seems like a love even beyond what Jesus mentioned.
But the wisdom of God was that by causing one son to suffer and die, and be resurrected, he gained millions of sons (and daughters).
In Hebrews, we hear that, “For it was fitting for him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10)
In the face of such love, such sacrifice, it is understandable that God would be angry at those who spurn and reject his son, and those who openly mock, and curse him.
However, for those who receive him, the Bible says, “But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to them that believe in his name.” (John 1:12)