As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, let us pause and reflect on Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Would you lay down your life for a friend? Do not answer that too quickly 😜😜.
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. The price – His love for us. I doubt that there is any human being on this earth who would want to be crucified for another man. I just watched a hilarious clip re-enacting the crucifixion just this morning. The actor who was portraying Jesus got angry because another actor was whipping him too hard. He could not take the pain, he gave up and told them that he did not want to be Jesus anymore, and that they should go find another Jesus 😂😂😂😂. That would be you and I. Jesus loves us but do we love others as Jesus loved us, enough to die for us?
We humans at best only love conditonally. Hey, we are all guilty, no one is immune from this disease of “conditional love”. Trust me, we cannot be hypocritcal about this! Here is my story, I have a friend who has had some health issues recently. I always made sure that I checked up on her regularly, calls and texts. When mine came around, oh she was nowhere to be found. She told me she was busy dealing with her stuff! Of course, I was not too happy about that. I am human, after all!
I am tired of believers acting all sanctimonious and pious like we have no faults in the area of loving our fellow human beings. We claim to love people but give up on them when they offend us, or if they do not do what we want or if they hold different opinions from ours. We only love the people who look like us or think the way we do. Jesus loved everybody including all the unlovable people, so who are we to give up on others who are also created in His image?
Our Christian faith is based on “LOVE”. The price of this love is the Blood of Jesus – whippings, scourgings, being spat on, mocked, is what our Saviour had to endure for you and I. Let us not be too proud to love others. As I write this, I am cringing because I know “real love” is difficult. I need help myself! I will leave you with this scripture,
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal – 1 Corinthians 13:1
Let us not become clanging cymbals! I pray the Holy Spirit will help us all.
Yaa F. Attobrah