“13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends … 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” ~ John 15:13, 15
So it’s Easter morning, and I’m sitting here trying to find something to say that isn’t cliche, but is still powerful and relevant to the celebration of today.
Then it hit me. But I want to look a this backwards, verse 15, then 13.
Jesus was our Lord, but also our friend. He says that we are no longer His servants, because HE HAS MADE KNOWN TO US EVERYTHING HE LEARNED FROM GOD!!! When we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus, He makes God’s knowledge and wisdom available to us!
So with that understanding, that we are His friend, then now we see the greatest love that we could ever know: He gave up his life for us. He died for you. For me.
To save my life.
To save yours.
But the story doesn’t end there. It doesn’t end with his death.
It ends with his coming back to life. You see, Death could only be defeated if Death lost. If Jesus had stayed dead, Death would have won.
But oh the bliss of this glorious thought: that He didn’t stay dead! Instead he overcame death and by His resurrection, we have been washed clean and whole!
We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, we aren’t worthy if it. But that is why they call it GRACE!
So this morning, rest in the peace that passes understanding, knowing that there is no condemnation for you, for your sins, for your past.
Jesus died to take your sin upon himself.
And he rose from the dead to wash it away forever.