“There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends.” John 15:13 (VOICE)
Tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday; the day we celebrate Jesus’ victory over death, hell and the grave! As we reflect on Jesus’ resurrection, we should be forever reminded that He did it all and gave His all for love.
It was God’s great love for us that brought Jesus into this world to save, deliver, free and heal us. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (AMP). We should hold John 3:16 close to our hearts and not allow it to become a mere recitation of scripture. God gave His dearest possession, His Son, to die for us so that we might live; and He did it for one reason – His great love for us!
Jesus came to earth and demonstrated the greatest love ever known to man by voluntarily sacrificing His life for the world. “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down voluntarily. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take possession of it again. This commandment I received from my Father.” John 10:18 (LEB).
Make no mistake about it, it was love that caused Jesus to take on the form of man and come into this world. It was love that took the forty lashes. It was love that took the chastising and taunts of men. It was love that wore the crown of thorns. It was love that stayed on the cross until the price for every sin was paid in full. It was love that raised Jesus from the dead and sat Him at the right hand of the Father where He sits as our eternal intercessor. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25.
It was love. Love was the motive. God is love. Everything He does is rooted in love.
“God is love.” 1 John 4:8
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