Every Sunday morning before church, I have been reading through chapters from the book Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross. Each week, I am struck by the different facets of Jesus’ sacrifice and how that reflects the tremendous love of God. I have also been thinking about how my life should reflect Jesus’ pattern of self-giving love.
Jesus’ death on the cross is, at one level, an amazing illustration of His words that no one has greater love than to lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). The cross was transformed from the most brutal image of death to the most shocking illustration of the love of God.
To what lengths will God go to show His love?
Beyond what we can imagine.
How much will He give?
And after taking up the humble task of washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus says to these His first followers, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them” (John 13:15-16).
He gave completely.
His giving was an act of divine love.
We too should give.
We should give completely.
Our giving should be an act of divine love.
“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17).