“Greater love has no one that this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:13-14
Scroll to the top of this page and you will see a visual representation of what love truly is. As if stretching out wide to wrap you with a tender embrace, Jesus’ Holy arms are outstretched. But no hugging will these arms perform for they are affixed to an unrelenting cross. You see, it’s not simply in the hug of a sacred Savior that shows the love of God. Rather, it is in the surrender of a short life in sacrifice for you that shows the full and true love of God.
We love because (and only because) He first loved us. In a society that tells us love is little more than a fleeting feeling, true love is all but entirely elusive. Love must not be relegated to a brief sensation that tickles our tummies.
Love is action. Love is a meal for a starving man. Love is a sweet smile and warm greeting. Love is a promise to your children that you will be there for them unconditionally. Love is a husband and wife mutually sacrificing for the sake of each other. Our love starts with the loving actions of our most merciful Messiah.
Love is the Son of God leaving behind His glory for a life of misery. Love is Jesus leaving His right-hand-of-God-throne behind to take his place on a cross. Love is the Lord Jesus Christ dying so that you will live. Love is the promise that because Jesus is raised from the dead, so will His faithful. Love is life in perfect communion with your creator for eternity. Love is Jesus! Share this love freely!
“What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!”
What Wondrous Love Is This (LSB, 543)