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A Greater Love

February 12, 2011

Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)

Lay. Down. His. Life.

We’re not talking about dying.  We’re talking about living.  We’re talking about living a life devoted to the good of others.  In the previous verse Jesus tells us to love others as He has loved us.  Before His death.  We are talking about living.

Jesus.

Most take this verse and hear Jesus referring to His death.  We believe that because that’s what we’ve been told our whole life.  I don’t think it’s true.  Jesus is referring to His life.

He could die for us because He lived for us (he who knew no sin became sin – 2 Corinthians 5:21).  Jesus was as much a human as He was God.  Jesus had to go to school, study, get splinters, mess up a project, fall in love, want to run around with friends, get mad, be lazy and had, basically, any feeling or temptation we’ve ever had.

Jesus wasn’t born on the cross.  Jesus didn’t wake up on the cross.

Jesus lived a life.  Jesus lived in reality.  Jesus did not live life outside of reality.

Jesus studied to show Himself approved, He obeyed His mom and dad, both heavenly and earthly.  He did not sin.  He did not sin although He possessed all the same attributes of me or you.

Jesus laid down His life daily for 33 years.  Jesus’ death was the culmination of a life laid down.  His death was His dying, His life was His death.

What about us?  Have we ever come close to laying our life down?  People die for others everyday.  Some of these people may be terrific and God fearing, while others are no closer to Jesus than the devil.  Death is instant and life is long.  To give your life away and live is the greatest sacrifice we can make.

Have we done this? Have we first given our life away to Christ?  Have we surrendered all that we are to Him?  Have we allowed ourselves to sacrifice for others?  Have we laid down our life?

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