Tuesday, May 31, 2011

No Greater Love

John 15:12-14

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

No Greater Love

In the United States, yesterday was Memorial Day. It's one of two days set aside each calendar year when this country is suppose to honor its armed forces. The other is Veteran's Day (November 11th...100th anniversary this year by the way). Veteran's Day has become a day to honor all who have served. Memorial Day is a day to honor all who have fallen in service for this country.

The day has lost some of it's sacredness over they years. I remember as a kid, we used to spend most of the day putting flags on the graves of veterans, and flowers on the graves of family members. My grandmother used to call it 'decoration day'. The picnic and cookouts weren't the focus as they've come to be now.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining...I'll take a day off and good food anytime I can get it. But, it is important to take a moment, even if it's the day after, to remember that the things we enjoy most in life often cost the very blood of someone else.

In this country, these enjoyments are our right to free speech, a free press, freedom to assemble peacebly, our right to own arms, our right to a justice system that is based in respect and protection, free elections with the peaceful exchange of power and so much more. They all cost blood, often won in war, both domestic and international battles. Young men and women, some in the uniform, some not, stood in harm's way to protect rights they often never personally got to experience. That's some great love.

But there was another. There was One who gave all for you, for me. There was One who held back nothing, not for an idea or a dream, but for your very soul. He came willingly, leaving all that He had behind and paid every important cost for you just so He could bring keep you. This One stood phyiscally, and continues to stand in the gap between you and God, your destiny, your eternity so that you will always have a connection. This One loves you, personally, just as you are and has only your best self in mind for you. Even though it cost Him His young earthly life.

John 3:17
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Do you know this One? Have you met Him? He spent His whole life for you. He loves you more deeply and more profoundly than you can ever imagine. And He's waiting to give you life.

In Him, you'll find no greater love.

Come see the Man! See you at Fellowship.

John 4:19-30
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

Freedom and peace.

Evg. Stephanie Robinson

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