‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. Many church and remembrance services yesterday have quoted these words and we will hear them again this week as we approach Remembrance Day on Wednesday. These words appear on many plaques and war memorials but who first wrote or spoke them?
Jesus Christ spoke these words to His disciples as He was facing His own death, recorded in John’s Gospel chapter 15 verse 13. It was a death He could have avoided but He chose not to. Jesus was born that He might die. The words of an old hymn are so true:
It is a thing most wonderful,
almost too wonderful to be,
that God’s own Son, should come from heaven,
and die to save a child (or adult) like me.
Yes, Jesus came to die. ‘God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ Romans chapter 5 verse 8. ‘Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures … it was no accident, all in God’s divine plan. But there is more …He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures’ 1 Corinthians chapter 5 verses 3-4.
Praise God, Jesus is alive! ‘Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance … and forgiveness of sins’ Acts chapter 5 verse 31. Is he your Prince and Saviour?
Please contact us and we will gladly send you a Bible and literature to help you understand more of these things. We will pray for you. Come back again for another Message of Hope.