Valentine's Day. The cupids, candy and hearts holiday. The one where people play what the world considers the greatest love songs.
The secular world is celebrating romantic love. There will be candle-light dinners, moonlit strolls, flowers, chocolate and big, red hearts. The words "I love you" will be in high supply.
Some of the love words will be heartfelt, others will be said because the persons were caught up in a moment. I wonder though how many of us will choose to focus on the greatest love story ever told?
John 3:16 is probably one of the most well-known and well-quoted verse in the Bible, with good reason!
Wow! Just ... wow. Can you imagine the amount of love it takes for a person to give up their only child for the sake of others? And, this "giving up" was not a "you can have him now but I have the right to visit and take him some weekends and holidays."
Oh no. It was an "I know you won't appreciate him. I know you will abuse him and laugh at him. I know that eventually you're going to kill him, but -"
"I know that in order for your lives to be saved, it's something that needs to be done."
And there's another level of love in this verse. The Son had to agree to subject himself to the Father's will. He had to love us even more than he loved himself.
He had to love us enough to put our lives above his own; above the comforts of home, above the riches of his kingdom.
Can you think of a greater love than this? How many persons reading this right now would consider giving up their lives for their friends?
How about for your neighbor? Would you die for him, for her? Would you be willing to die for me?
I thank God that He is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11 KJV) and that He willingly, even eagerly, offered his son for your sins and mine.
I'm thankful that Jesus subjected himself, even to death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). He gave his life that we may have the hope of eternal life.
As the final moments of this day rolls into history, I pray that we will take a moment to ponder the greatest love story of all times.