I was reading in the Book of Jeremiah this morning as I have been doing for a few days now and while I was reading, my wife Sue found this picture post on Facebook. It’s simple, yet so powerful in its simplicity. It describes in just 15 words, the meaning of TRUE love!
When I saw it, I immediately thought of so much of my teachings on love being an action, but then the thought of the world came to mind, and the absolute rejection or denial of what true love actually is. The world has allowed the devil to so twist its meaning as to no longer have any power over the common man.
In the world’s eyes, love is derived by feeling for something or someone. It is an emotional response to that something or someone and if you don’t FEEL it, than it cannot be love. Yet God, by His Words AND by His examples states that love is an ACTION. By God’s standards love is first and foremost something we DO and only then and after the action does any possible feeling arrive. Sometimes the only “feeling” is, “I’m glad I did that!”
To make a point in relationship to this Illustrated picture post that my wife found, I have to ask:
- Did Jesus FEEL love through His grief and sorrows?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when He was stricken, smitten and afflicted?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when He was wounded for OUR transgressions?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when He was bruised for OUR iniquities?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when He felt the lashes applied to His back?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when they stripped Him in front of everyone in humiliation and place a scarlet robe on Him?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when in front of Him they twisted a crown of thorns and then jammed it down on His head and put a reed in His hand?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when they spat on Him and then took that very same reed from His hand and beat Him over the head where the crown of thorns had been placed?
- Did Jesus FEEL love as they mocked Him and then again stripped Him only to put His ragged clothes on Him as they led Him to Golgotha?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when He had to carry His own cross through the winding streets of The Via Dolorosa?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when He finally laid down on the cross as they bound His hands and His feet knowing that nails were being readied?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when each individual nail was placed at His hands or wrists and struck through His flesh with a hammer?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when they finished His hands and proceeded to His feet to plant one spike through both feet nailing Him finally to that wooden cross?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when they lifted that cross off the ground and then planted it with a jarring thump into the hole prepared for it in the ground?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when the ninth hour arrived and He cried out in total loneliness and abandonment, “Father, why have You forsaken me?” As the sins of the whole world, past, present and future were finally once and for all laid upon Him?
- Did Jesus FEEL love when they gave Him sour wine on a sponge to drink just before His last breaths as He finally exhausted His strength enough to declare, “It is finished?”
Does anyone with any sense at all think that throughout this whole ordeal, knowing what was coming that Jesus FELT love?
Jesus, despite the mission He was given, despite the torment and scorn He KNEW would be coming at Him, despite knowing the pain He would HAVE to suffer as the Son of Man, kept His Spirit and heart focused on the goal at hand; to make a way for mankind, if they choose, to have a spiritually renewed relationship with God Almighty, our Heavenly Father! THAT was love. There was no feeling but sorrow, grief and pain involved in that ACTION, but it WAS and IS the ultimate ACT of true love. And as the picture post states, He knew full well that much of mankind would NOT love Him back.
That, my Brothers and Sisters is unconditional love, that my friends, is AGAPE!
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4-6.
“And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.” – Matthew 27:28-31.