In This Is Love
In This Is Love
Good Friday displayed the greatest love. In John 3:14-17 Jesus explains God’s purpose of love to Nicodemus.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him.
Jesus — the Son of Man — was lifted up on the cross for every one to see and look up to for their salvation. Displayed on that cross for everyone to see is the greatest love that ever has been and ever will be.
But, many don’t give a hoot about that kind of love. Jesus’ love makes some people so mad they could spit fire. Why should the love of God make people mad?
Jesus’ love pointed out the sins of the people — so that they could have the time to straighten out their lives before their judgment day came. Jesus’ love in pointing out their sins also gave people the strength they needed to want to change.
But, those who loved their sins more than God hated Jesus for pointing their sins out, especially in front of other people. These were those who loved to be successful leaders in the synagogues. They wanted to continue robbing poor widows, so they could become rich. They wanted to continue extorting money from worshipers at the temple. They wanted to continue charging exorbitant amounts of interest for money they lent to the poor. They wanted to continue living in adultery while condemning to death others caught in adultery. The list could go on and on.
It’s the love of sin that makes people hate Jesus.
And, it’s the love of real love and compassion that makes others love Jesus for all that He has done in love for the whole world.
Those who look up to Jesus’ suffering in love for us on the cross, and see the purity of His love — they are the ones who gain an in-depth view of real love — “that” kind of love.
That is the kind of love worth living for — and dying for.
The Apostle John knew this as he lived in service to the Lord. Because John’s life reflected the love of Christ, he is often thought of as the apostle of love. In 1 John 4:10 he explains the real love that we should long to have reflected in our hearts and lives.
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.
As we realize the awesome greatness of God’s love for us, and revel in that love, we will say, “Hallelujah! His love is eternal.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.