In 1 John 3:16, the beloved disciple writes this, 'This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.' Chick flicks and other romance movies tell us one story about love. But 1 John tells us a different story. Love is a journey of laying down our lives for others. Love is courageous, love is daring. It has the audacity to look for the best for the other and say, 'I want that for you.' Love is reaching out to a world that is broken, hurting and sinful. Love is surprising.
As we think about Good Friday, we remember the path that Jesus walked toward the cross. He had opportunities to run. Instead, Jesus' love and sense of compassion for the people compelled him to carry on walking this path.
But as we think about Easter, we remember that Jesus burst forth from the grave. We remember that he defeated the forces of sin and death. And so our walk toward the cross is not simply a depressing walk to a sad, unpleasant end. It's a journey filled with joy and hope. It's a journey toward a victorious end.
As we reflect on Good Friday and Easter this year, my hope is that we will remember the call of Jesus to follow him on this journey of love—our own walk to our own crosses. But may we also remember that it's a privilege and a joy because our God who died rose again on the third day. May we be inspired this Eater by Jesus' death and resurrection, and may we be compelled by love to share in this wonderful story—the good news of Jesus Christ.
Originally penned for East Taieri Church bulletin