17 Apr Feeling unloved?
Easter is a season of love. True love. Unending love. Transforming love. The love of Christ. And it’s just days away.
We can sum up the message of Jesus in that one word: love. He admonishes us to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength. And to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Mk 12:30).
Easter symbolizes the victory of Jesus over death. His resurrection represents the eternal life that has been made available to all who come to him. That event provided a final and indisputable proof that he was really the Son of God and that he loves us dearly.
Easter completely verifies all that Jesus preached and taught during his time on earth. And all this because he loves us. Very dearly. Let’s examine a few things about love and Easter:
- Easter expresses God’s love: “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 our brothers” (1 Jn. 3:16). “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son …” (Jn. 3:16)
- Easter reveals God’s love: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 Jn. 4:9-10).
- Easter exemplifies God’s love: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15:13).
- Easter qualifies us to love: “We love because he first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19). “And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Eph. 5:2).
And here are some of the things we can learn about love as a result of Easter:
- Love sacrifices for another.
- Love gives to others.
- Love wants the best for others.
- Love does not wait for someone else to take the first step.
- Love reaches out unconditionally, even to the seemingly unlovable.
Paul reminded the Ephesians of the love of God: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17-19)
Are you feeling wedged in by all sorts of challenges? Are you feeling abandoned? Has life been unkind to you? Do you need some love, then come to the one who is the epitome of love, this season of love. Jesus has lots of love to share with you. We welcome you to Agape House of Worship, where the love of God is manifestly present.