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The Greatest (Love?) Story Ever Told

25 Feb

Starting last Sunday, WordServe Church launched a new sermon series called “Love So Amazing” that will carry us into Easter on April 20th.    The Easter story has been described as the greatest story ever told, and no wonder.

It has a hero who risks all… political intrigue… action and drama… and to say it has a “Happy” ending would be a tremendous understatement.

But there’s one more descriptor I’d put in that title.  I’d call it “The greatest LOVE story ever told” because of 5 words.

What Kind of Love is This?

This is where most guys turn the channel… but hang in there for a minute.  This love story isn’t romance novel love… it’s not cute kittens and warm fuzzies.

No, this is “Band of Brothers” kind of love… “Lone Survivor” kind of love.  In fact, there’s no more manly love than what Jesus does during his final days.  Re-draw the Easter story into a modern movie trailer, and you’d get something like this:

[Imagine creepy, really deep movie trailer voice with dark musical score]:

A world, gripped in darkness and oppression.   What will it take to free them?
A Hero, unafraid and bold.  A Hero, who will walk into the heart of the enemy stronghold in the most daring search and rescue mission in history.  A Hero, willing to suffer unimaginable pain and lay down his life that others might live.  Who is this man?

Jesus… Son of God!

[music swells, and the hardest of hearts recognizes courage beyond compare… some guys pretend that there’s “something in my eye” as they wipe away unexplained leakage]

5 Words That Blow Me Away

If you ever talk to folks that have been in combat, you’ll notice two things: they share a bond that goes way deeper than words, and that bond is based on “that” kind of love.  Combat veteran interviews throughout history have repeatedly reflected on the fact that when it hits the fan, you’re fighting for the brother or sister beside you more than a flag or an ideal.

“That” kind of love lays its life down for another… “That” kind of love smothers a grenade with their body so that others might live… “That” kind of love races back and forth through enemy fire to retrieve wounded buddies even though it means almost certain death.

That kind of love is rare.  Notice what Paul says in Romans:

“Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.” (Rom 5:7 NLT)

In other words, I’ll die for you if you earn it… if you deserve it.  But I’m not going to waste my life to save someone who is even remotely questionable.  I especially wouldn’t give my life for a low-life (fill in your favorite low life… is it a drug pusher?  Child abuser? Addict?  Thief?  Unfaithful spouse?  Greedy person?)

But this is where Jesus pulls away from the pack in the history of the greatest search and rescue mission ever.  5 words distinguish him from anyone else.  In context, they look like this:

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Rom 5:8 NLT)

While we were still sinners, Jesus came looking for us… not to condemn us, but to free us.

While we were still sinners, Jesus suffered unimaginable pain and humiliation unto death… even though he could have trounced his opponents with heavenly warriors.

Why would he do such a thing?  Because He wants you free… and He wants you back.

That’s got to be “The greatest LOVE story ever told.”  And you’re invited to be a part of it.  Don’t you think it’s time to come home?

I’m praying for you today.

  • For those who wonder… that you might know this “Love So Amazing”
  • For those who have wandered… that you might find your way home, in Christ, and be free!

Perhaps you can use the following video as a time of reflection… of a “Love So Amazing!”
WARNING: Not for the faint-hearted, not appropriate for children.

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