Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13 (NIV))
We have all had them.
We all need them.
We aren’t meant to live our lives in a vacuum. We need each other. It is in our nature to be social. We seek the company of others, yet, just how far will most of us take the friendship? How many of us would lay down our life for our friends?
We all want to believe that we would, yet self-preservation is a strong instinct.
I want you to be honest with yourself and think about this question.
Would you do something knowing that when you started it, you would lay down your life so that others would live? I can think of a few groups of people who face the possibility at times, but even these brave men and women do not go into a situation planning to lay down their life.
Jesus came to this earth to do just that!
Everything that He did during His time on earth pointed to the cross and His crucifixion. He knew what He was going to face when He came? He knew that He faced a painful end to the physical body that He came to us in.
He knew all of the details and yet he chose to lay down His life so that we may live!
I know that the Romans had become experts at creating pain during a crucifixion. I don’t think that we can even imagine just how excruciating the experience was. We see movies, yet even the most realistic portrayal probably only hints at what it was really like.
Would you willingly go to the cross?
Would you willingly bear the pain?
Would you, or perhaps I should say could you, follow through with such a premeditated task?
Think about the sacrifice that Jesus made so that you and I can know grace and mercy.
Have you accepted the sacrifice that Jesus made for you?