In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
When Nixon aide Chuck Colson was convicted of Watergate-related crimes, his family was already in crisis and Colson grieved over being removed from them to serve prison time. Colson had recently become a Christian and was part of a group of other government officials who followed Christ. Minnesota Governor Al Quie offered to serve Colson’s time in prison. The law wouldn’t allow it. But it was a different case when Christ presented Himself to take your penalty and mine. God permitted His Son to take the death-sentence sin had imposed on us. He became our substitute and took on our sentence.