“Hereby perceive we the love fo God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay our lives for the brethren.” – 1 John 3:16
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If there is anything more romantic and chivalrous, nobler and more honorable, it is when a man sacrifices his life for his wife, his children, his family, and his people. Many will see him as a hero, a courageous soul who fought bravely to the very end. Many will say, “O how he must have loved them!”. But human love can only go so far. No matter how much we look at it from all angles, from all sides, human love in and of itself, is finite and conditional. Lying ends it. Death ends it. Human love is confined and bounded according to human standards and human concepts of time and space.
But there is another kind of love that conquers all human limits: God’s love.
You see, when God came down to us in the form of Jesus Christ, He showed us how far His love can go. Not even the heavenly firmaments blocked Him from reaching out to us. Through Jesus Christ’s ministry, God demonstrated His love. Christ healed the sick. He brought back people from death and shared his company with the outcasts of Jewish society. But the final act of God’s love is not as much as in Christ living, but in Christ dying and rising up again. His sacrificial death proved that God’s love is unlimited and unconditional.
We are not worthy of His affection. We are sinful, weak, frail, heartless, selfish and unfaithful people. But these hideous qualities of our human nature did not stop Him at all. Instead, it triggered His compassion towards us, how much we needed His salvation and His restoration. His Resurrection showed that His love is not bound between time and space. It transcends both.
I pray that God will grant us a love for our brethren as endless as His. We may not die in their stead, but we can show them that we are His children and that His word is alive in us. Have a blessed Saturday night.