Saturday, June 22, 2013

Why Do People Say Jesus Loves You?

People say Jesus loves you, but what did Jesus actually say? What did he mean?

"Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13.

Greater is a comparison word, referring to something that is bigger, better, or more noble than others of its kind. If you could quantify love and measure it this love would go beyond all others.

The love of Jesus is more than just feelings; his love is always associated with actions, (see also John 3:16). Here he says his love will be shown by his laying down his life.

Christ claims a unique love that no one else has, it is truly a one of a kind love. No one can love you more than Jesus does.

The term "lay down" may be a direct reference to laying down on the cross when the Romans nailed you to it for execution. This is a deliberate and premeditated action, not a spur of the moment or spontaneous thing. Christ, in this verse, speaks as a prophet and is foretelling his own death.

It is a mistake to think Jesus' life was taken from him as an act of injustice. His life was given by him. He had only one life to give and in giving it he gave everything. Jesus said, "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord, I have authority to lay it down and I have power it take it up again. This command I have received of my Father." John 10:18. 

When Jesus lay down his life he gave it up for us, he became a sacrifice to ransom us from judgment and pay for our sins.* He allowed himself to be nailed to a Roman cross and endured a horrific death as our substitute. His death not only pays for our wrongs against God but gives us eternal life to enjoy him and his love forever.

Jesus does not force his love on us because to force himself on us is the opposite of love; instead he offers his love to us. We can accept his love or reject it, the offer is there but the choice is ours.

To learn more about having the love of Jesus in your life see the tab above titled The Gospel. .

* Ephesians 1:7 "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance of the riches of God's grace."

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