Relationship – #002

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

Jesus who said that once confessed “I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49)

Jesus was on tight schedule while here on earth.

From the day He was born, people had great expectation.

From the day He went public, Jesus was on high gear to finish God’s plan and purpose here on earth.

If not for the records of the Gospels and what the Apostles had written, we would have missed the most important part of our human history, and we would have missed our future as well.

 

Since The Fall, human labors have become filled with frustrations and unhappiness as mankind was made subject to labor.

God had mercy on us and ordained the day of Sabbath – when all mankind may rest and relax before God. In a way it brings back sweet memories and ideas of Eden, where man and woman lived under the provision and protection of God.

Until and unless we reach that state of eternity living under the complete provision and protection of God, life carries on here on earth.

 

Our labor continues.

 

Our modern day life and work can be highly stressful due to performances and expectations – especially human expectations.

God knows our limits but people do not – we have this lack of knowledge how far we ourselves can go.

Not just for people who work in the secular, even those of Christian pastoral ministry – labor can be demanding, exhausting and frustrating.

People can work themselves to breakdown and even death.

 

Human labors are of different shape and forms. What drive us are our intentions and goals.

 

For what and for whom do we labor?

 

Let’s consider the person who labor due to friendship and love.

 

Jesus labored due to friendship and love.

 

First it was His live for the Father that brought Him to earth to live among us. Why would the Son of God leave His great glory and power, to live among us?

Jesus as the destined Messiah had to fulfill what was prophesied about Him and therefore was on tight schedule from the day He was born into Mary and Joseph household.

By the age of twelve Jesus was at the temple having scholarly discussion among the teachers – teachers and experts of the law.

 

If Jesus had not done His homework nobody would pay attention to what He said!

 

When Jesus was baptized of John the Baptist, God spoke from heaven “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”.

That period of silences years – commonly noted by Bible scholars, about 18 years – Jesus had not been lazing around.

 

Jesus had been laboring in love for the Father.

 

Secondly it was His love for us that carried Him through to the cross and beyond to resurrection.

From day one Jesus started His public ministry there were very little clue if He ever took a day off – may be not.

In fact Jesus worked so hard the Pharisees were complaining “This man broke the Sabbath”.

It was against the law not to rest on the appointed rest day! But it was His love and compassion for people which made Him over-work.

 

Jesus sacrificed everything for the cross, so that He can be that chosen and approved atonement for humanity.

While He was bearing the pain, hanging on the cross, bled to death, He did all because of love and friendship

 

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

 

That is how great the love of Christ is, not just for God, but also for people.

Such love from our Lord Jesus Christ was tested beyond measures which any living person could have endured.

 

Jesus’ love for God and those who believed preserved Him through.

 

Jesus overcame that dark sense of hatred, in choosing grace and forgiveness towards His human enemies, while He bled on the cross (Luke 23:34).

For those who betrayed Jesus, knew not they betrayed their own future and destiny with God.

 

Jesus died on the cross because of love and friendship

 

It was darkness. All the happenings die down. Things went quiet.

Jesus’ love for the Father and for people brought Him beyond the cross to resurrection.

Jesus rose from the dead and rejoins His disciples.

 

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

 

When Jesus made that statement to His disciples at the Last Supper before He went to the cross, He requested them to do the same for each other.

His disciples could have the choice to do it as a commandment, or they could do it the way Jesus had done, with love and for friendship. But why would Jesus request such a burdensome thing?

It is so that this great love of God, which was manifested through the life example of Jesus, can continue to flow in many generations to come, spreading forth the blessing of Christ to all nations.

It is through Jesus we know the true love and friendship of God.

 

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