The Greatest Love Story

The month of February is filled with many celebrations and days of rememberance. One of those days is the day of remembering the love we have for our friends and family. There is a love story that surpasses all love stories. Below is an excert from http://www.Bible.ca. Please take a moment to read about the ultimate display of love given by Jesus.

The Crucifixion Of Jesus

   The shadow of the cross that was raised on Golgotha reaches across the centuries to offer comfort, forgiveness, and hope to us today. The story is almost unbelievable, for it is hard for us to image such love. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” is the message of the golden text of the Bible, John Chapter 3, verse 16. Jesus had to love us beyond measure to give Himself willingly to die for our sins. And we must complete the story of love by loving Him in return.

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He thought of His mother, who stood by the cross weeping, and asked his beloved friend John to take care of her. On either side of Him there were two thieves crucified with Him. When one of them expressed faith in Jesus, the Savior answered, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”. As the terrible afternoon wore on and His pain increased he finally moaned, “I thirst”, and was offered vinegar, which He would not drink. God blotted out the sun as if to let us know how black the deed which was being done, and out of that blackness Jesus cried, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”. His final words expressed his complete surrender to the will of God as He said, “It is finished; Father into Thy hands I commend my spirit”. He then bowed His head and died.   Even with all the pain, Jesus thought of others rather than Himself. His first words from the cross were, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Even though He could have threatened to punish them eternally when they faced Him in judgment, he did not do so.

 

Even the earth could not accept the death of its Creator and Master without showing grief. There was a great earthquake which shook the countryside and made all people afraid. The only fear which we need to have, however, is that of refusing the love He showed in dying for us. The theme of our lives ought to be, “I’ll live for Him who died for me, how happy then my soul shall be. I’ll live for Him who died for me, my Savior and my God”.

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