The Most Epic Love Story of All Time
What He Did for Us
Our Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ gave the ultimate sacrifice. We know it. We have all heard it. Some of us believe it. Others of us don’t. But maybe we are looking at it the wrong way. We have always learned that Jesus died for us because He loves us, John 3:16 sums that up pretty well. But have we ever stopped and took a step back and looked at His story from a different perspective? Maybe we should. Maybe that is why the hearts of so many people remain hardened. Maybe we should stop looking at it as we have and maybe we should consider His story to be a love story. But not just any story, the most epic love story of all time.
There is no greater love story— “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
It may sound weird to think of Jesus’ sacrifice as a love story, but if we compare the components that make up a love story to Jesus‘ story we are able to pin point many relations between the two. In all love stories there needs to be an engaging character. This character is the main character, the one we care about. The engaging character in Jesus’ story is Jesus. We are supposed to care about Him, after all, that is why we end up giving our lives to Him sybolically through baptism. Like all love stories there is a conflict, an opposing factor forbidding love. In this case, it would be Satan. He is the obstacle tempting us to stray from Jesus. Our sin separates us from Jesus and keeps us from loving Him like He loves us. Not only does there need to be conflict but every love story also needs a climax, a suspense. The suspense in this story is the crucifxtion. He pays the ultimate price for our love through his death on the cross. This brings us straight to our last point, the most important component of a love story: the love. By His death on the cross Jesus has proven to us His unconditional love. He has done His part and now it is our turn. It is our turn to love Him back, in the way He loved us. When we do, this makes for a love story with a happily ever after, because in the end we will have defied the world and will be with Him for eternity. Our happily ever after will be God’s victory over Satan. Our love will have conquered sin. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55
His love never fails— “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His steadfast love endures forever”
Bible Verses to Consider
1 John 4:19 “We Love because He first loved us”
Romans 5:8 “but God shows us His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to seperate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”
God is love ( 1 John 4:8)
and love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8)— “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Comprehending It All
For those of us who are parents, can you imagine giving your child up as sacrifice for the world? You would be sacrificing your child, not only for the good hearted people, but also the cold hearted people, the murders, the adulterers, the theifs, everyone. Could you give your child up to save all the sinners? Now imagine if it was your only child. Well, guess what? God did exactly that. He gave Jesus over to hang on a cross for our tragressions. He bore our sins just so we could have a chance to be with Him in heaven some day (1 Peter 2:24). If that isn’t an act of love, I don’t know what is.
How Can We Return the Favor?
We are called to “Repent and be baptized everyone of us in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, and we will receive the Holy Spirit” Acts 2:38
Our baptism is symbolic of His death and resurrection. He died and rose up from the grave.
Now it is our turn. “We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” Romans 6:4
To get our happily ever after to this love story we must obey the gospel and prove our love to Jesus, as He did for us.
© 2018 Bailey Broyles