“Jesus didn’t just die for nice people to make them even nicer…” Pastor Steve Brown
A friend of mine once said, “I believe there are only two kinds of people in the world, good people and bad people” I replied. “But we don’t believe that at all. We believe we are all bad people but God can forgive us.”
“You’re trying to convert me!” she responded with a smile.
“Oh, yes I am ” I replied
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, the Bible tells us that Jesus took bread and wine and shared it among his disciples. He wasn’t doing that because they had all finally arrived at some kind of Holy perfection. In fact, that very night, Peter would deny him, Thomas would doubt him and everyone of them would run away and hide.
No Jesus gave us the bread and the cup to remember his death – for us- until He returns. No matter how bad the world gets and no matter the violence we face or deception of religious people who murder innocent lives for their God, Jesus love is still greater. God’s forgiveness is still more powerful. The cross of Jesus Christ will always be greater than anything in heaven or earth!
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 KJV
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
On the farthest horizon of our human understanding we can just make out the faint outline of God’s amazing love. Paul explains to us four windows through which God’s love looks out. It is the same love but as we pass from window to window the vastness of God’s horizon spreads out till we can no longer see its limits
Window #1 Love Bears all things. We are fond of saying “I can do all things” without knowing that the first of those things is to bear the cross and follow Him. Love carries its cross all the way to the end of the road
Window #2 Love Believes all things: But the bearing that Jesus did of His cross was not in doubt, nor complaining. He went to Calvary, just as he had said because He believed in the will and the work of His Father.
Window #3 Love Hopes all things: Sometimes that hope is against all hope a hope that cries out “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” and still never dies.
Window #4 Love Endures all things: At the final hour Jesus carried God’s love to the end of His life and then he breathed his spirit. into the Father’s hands
Through love’s four windows we first look in to see Jesus’ love for us,but once we come in to receive it we can look out and see the world through the eyes of God!