Summary: Loving the one who loves us most
All year I have been dealing with the subject of Love. I went to God and asked why still. And he told me, stop and take a moment and look and think about love and what it entails. We have heard folk profess love in love songs and writings and in attempts to get someone to understand the depth of their profession of love, “I’d die for you”. Some of us may have even said it to our spouse or loved ones, you know baby “I love you, and I would die for you”
But would we really? Well I want to challenge you to look at the scripture where Jesus is talking to his folk. I challenge you to understand the level of his friendship to us. I challenge you to absorb the level of his love. Then I compel you to comprehend what he expects of us.
Jesus died so that we might live. Jesus came so that we might have a chance to go. Jesus sacrificed so that we might have salvation – Wonder friendship. Jesus loved us enough to be convicted for our crimes. Jesus loved us enough to go to the garden and await his captors so that we the captives could be set free. Jesus loved us enough to hang on the cross so that he could be lifted up from the earth and draw all men unto him.
Jesus expects us to die for him if we are his friend. No greater love can be shown. But he is not speaking of a physical death. He is telling us to let our sinful lives go. Release our wordly ways – let flesh die so that we can become closer to him. Turn to someone and tell them What a Friend I have In Jesus, How about You?
When we think of a friend, we think of someone who we can count on. Someone we can call in the midnight hour. Someone who we trust with our secrets. Someone we know will be there for us through thick and thin. Someone who would be willing to feed you when you are hungry. Someone who can tell you when you are wrong but still love you. When we think of a friend we think of someone who has our back. Somebody who won’t let someone destroy you. Someone who will stand in the gap for you. Anyone who says they are a friend but will not help you when you need help or support you when you need support or comfort you when you need comfort I got to tell you is not really a friend. Now I have a friend who will do all of these things and then some! Look what he told his boys. “I love you so much I will lay my life down for you!” What a friend we have in Jesus. Someone who left his heavenly mansion to be born in a lowly manger. Someone who left a place of peace to be in a place of chaos and confusion. A man who left a life of being exalted to come to a place where he would be rejected. A wonderful friend!
Now someone may be sitting here and asking themselves, well how do you get a friend like Jesus, and I would have to simply respond, get to know Him.
I don’t mean like a guy you may have bumped into on the street. A mere acquaintance. Someone in the office you have Lunch. Or someone you say hello to at the church on Sunday morning. I talking about a relationship that is closer then a brother. I am talking about understanding the benefits of His love and the mercy of the cross and the importance of having a fellowship with Him that will lead us to the Cross”.