No greater love

No greater love Written by Reg Wright

No greater love

Last Sunday evening I partook of the Passover as instituted by our Lord. The apostle Paul wrote to the congregation at Corinth about this Passover:

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." (I Corinthians 11:23-25 emphasis added)

In the Passover service we take the emblems of bread representing our Lord’s broken body, and the wine representing His shed blood, in remembrance of Him. As I was meditating upon these verses I got to thinking that our Lord’s suffering and death has to be the greatest expression of love known to the human race.

It says in Hebrews 2:9 that Jesus chose to “taste death for every person.” In order to understand what we face and deal with in life, He was not willing to impose on us that which He was not prepared to do Himself. He lived as a human being, He fought against sin and its attraction, He experienced suffering of unimaginable magnitude, and He died – not because He sinned, but because we sinned.

In this there is no greater love. In this God’s great love for you and for me is manifest (John 3:16).

However, Christ’s dying for the sins of the world is only part of the equation. Though Christ came to die and pay the penalty for our sins, we still have our part to do – if we wish to participate in the awesome future that God has planned for each and every human being – and that is, to become children of God and be given the gift of everlasting live (Romans 6:23 last part).

While Christ’s death pays the penalty for our sin, we are not to continue in sin. We are to cease from our transgression of God’s laws in order that we can become partakers of God’s divine nature. This process of not continuing in sin is highlighted as we observe the seven Days of Unleavened Bread which directly follow the Passover.

Leaven is a type of sin and becoming unleavened – that is, becoming like the sinless life of our Lord -- is an ongoing challenge for all who love the Lord.

Also, suffering is a part of the experience that God has ordained so that we may learn that there are two basic ways of life – the right way and the wrong way. The right way is the way of love towards God and love towards our neighbour (Matthew 22:37-39). The wrong way is the way of get and selfishness and every evil work (Galatians 5:19-21).

As beings of free choice, God wants us to choose the way of life, and not the way of death (Deuteronomy 30:19; II Peter 3:9). In this, too, we see His great love and the purpose He wants to achieve for each and every human being.

The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread speak to us of a love of which there is no greater.

 

Related Articles

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ
The Real Story

Did Jesus do what the records show? Was He, is He, really who He claimed to be? Can it be proved historically? Or are we left to simply accept it on blind faith?
This booklet seeks to address and answer the major questions that intelligent, reasoning people naturally ask in trying to understand Jesus Christ--the real story.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ
Saved by His Life

A Christian's walk is challenging, and trials can be overwhelming at times. But through the birth, perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have hope in the ability to overcome life's challenges. Find out how we are saved by His life.

Jesus Christ in the Biblical Festivals

Jesus Christ in the Biblical Festivals
September-October 2014

If Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the Prince of Peace, why does the world see so little of it? What part of the picture are we missing? If He truly is the Prince of Peace, how will peace come? Where is that hope in a world so devoid of hope?

The answer to these questions lies in a series of little-known festivals revealed long ago in the world's best-selling book—the Bible. God doesn't leave us in the dark about the solution to our many seemingly unsolvable problems. He has given us the key to understanding—though most have ignored or lived in ignorance of it!

About the Author

Reg Wright

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.

Beyond Today magazine

  • D-Day +75 Years: What Should We Learn?

    D-Day +75 Years: What Should We Learn?

    Few days have marked a turning point in human history. But one of those was “D-Day”—June 6, 1944, when Allied troops broke through Adolf Hitler’s Atlantic coastal defenses to invade and liberate France, then the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany itself. The trajectory of Europe’s history was radically changed. Now, looking back 75 years later, what have we learned? Where is Europe heading today, and what does it mean for the rest of the world? In this issue we explore these topics and many more, including the transforming power of God’s Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Download this issue in PDF or read online.

Free Bible Guides

  • Easter

    Easter

    Many believers celebrate Easter as a way to honour Jesus Christ's resurrection. But Easter's roots stretch long ago into pre-Christian paganism. The Bible alone shows a different set of celebrations—the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread—that give us the story Easter doesn't.

  • Holidays or Holy Days?

    Holidays or Holy Days?

    Why are Christian holidays observed with so many non-Biblical rituals? Discover why!

  • God's Holy Day Plan

    God's Holy Day Plan

    Learn God's astounding plan for every man, woman, and child who has ever lived. This booklet explains the incredible truth about what lies ahead for all humanity.

  • God's Sabbath Rest

    God's Sabbath Rest

    Why did God command a day of rest? Is the Sabbath relevant today? Why confusion about one of the 10 Commandments?

UCGia

Get Your Free Subscription to Beyond Today Magazine

Beyond Today magazine is available to you at no cost whatsoeverPlease provide your details below. 

Request Beyond Today Magazine Print Copy

Request this issue of Beyond Today magazine at no cost whatsoeverPlease provide your details below.