I was thinking the other day about the love of God. As I was thinking some thoughts came to me so I wrote them down. I am going to take the next few days and share them with you.
John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
I want to look at the truth that God’s love is exceptional. The first word of our verse is “Greater”. The word “Greater” means larger (figuratively, specially, in age). taken from the Strong’s Concordance.
So, John is trying to tell us that God has loved us for a long time. In eternity past God looked down through time and saw that human beings would need a Saviour. He saw our sin problem.
As He looked at us He knew that He would have to provide that payment for our sin. That is where Jesus steps in and goes to the cross and dies as the Sinless Lamb of God. His sacrifice paid the debt of sin for each person who will receive Him as their Saviour.
I chose the word “exceptional” for a reason. It means far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree, surpassing what is common, usual or expected (taken from the Word Web dictionary). It took just exactly this. It took someone who was sinless and perfect. Only Jesus could pay that sin.
So, how are you doing?
Today will be our last installment of our series on “The Bridge to Monday”. Today we will look at the single most important bridge of them all.
Look at Matthew 27:40, “And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” The most important one is the bridge that allows us to know that we are genuinely born again. The cross is our bridge to Monday. If it were not for the cross then life would be futile. We would just live our lives and die like a dog. I am sorry to break the bad news to my readers who love dogs; but, unlike the movie dogs do not go to Heaven.
As I think about Monday morning and what I have to face I sometimes look at the cross and what Jesus faced. When I come to my conclusion it is crystal clear. If Jesus can endure the cross for me then I am endure life here for Him. I mean really, isn’t that what it comes to. We have all said, “I am not going to work because I don’t want to and I don’t have to.” What about everyone else there? You put a burden on them by not being there. I now emergencies come up and that is excusable. Jesus has called us to be a testimony for Him and we need to crucify the flesh and just go on for Him.
So, how are you doing?