Sunday our high school group planted this cross on the property of our church building. The words on it are from 1 John 3:16: “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.”
Don’t miss what that is really saying: Jesus on the cross is how we know love. There were and are lesser types of love in the world, but God (who is love, 1 John 4:8) defined what love truly is in giving His Son on the cross.
This is one of the greatest things about Christianity and really an argument for it being the true religion. The story of its founder and the event of its founding (the cross) is the purest definition of love the world knows. God sent His Son to make the ultimate sacrifice, not just for his friends and family, but all men – even His enemies. There is nothing selfish or impure about the cross.
Furthermore, the unselfish cross is not only what He did for us but it is the example of how we are to live our lives. When we struggle with how to show love in our various relationships we should look to the cross and act like Jesus. Sometimes unloving things are done in the name of Christianity, but pure, unprejudiced, self-sacrificing love is the fruit of true Christianity.
Question: What aspect of love does the cross best illustrate for you?