This message comes with my Easter blessings and prayers as we head into the Spring.
It’s an understatement to say that it’s been a tough year! The spread of a virus has led to lockdown, isolation and wariness of others.
And yet there have been glimpses of good news. Stories of hope, sacrifice and rescue. Who could forget Captain Tom and his charitable heroics in raising over £32million for the NHS.
One of the great sayings of Jesus is, “greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13. Every day I try to find a story of someone who lives life ‘preferring the other’. A glimpse of good news.
The Easter story of Jesus’ death & resurrection was the ultimate fulfilment of ‘greater love’. When we feel isolated, He became isolated. Where we feel separated from God, He became separated. Where we feel shame, He endured the shame of public crucifixion. Jesus took responsibility of laying down His life for His friends…us! Three days later the risen Jesus demonstrated that the ‘laying down of His life’ was not the final chapter.
In a painful, frustrating and sometimes cruel world, Jesus’ words stand the test of time. Because He is alive, he offers His love in us. His love helps when we are confused, desperate, lonely, upset, angry or frustrated. Our life, His love, the preferred match.
Jesus’ love is the ultimate, unconditional love. The greatest love of one who lay down his life for his friends. God’s plan was always Jesus. From the beginning of time, this incredible love was prophesied then delivered to end the tyranny of darkness. Jesus bore the sins of the world so that we may be forever loved and forgiven.
As we meet on Easter Sunday, Jesus beckons to us to follow. He lay down His life to bring us alive. He is alive to call us forward. He will be with us as we prefer others.
May the Lord Jesus enable you to experience a ‘greater’ love this Easter time.
God bless you all,