No Greater Love

by Pastor Mark Shupe

The day following the crucifixion of Christ was a dark day for the followers of Jesus, especially His disciples. Their Lord and friend was dead! Everything they thought Christ stood for and was going to do, suddenly had vanished.

The disciples had failed to grasp the third way that Jesus modeled His love for them and all of mankind – sacrificing His life on the cross so that anyone who believes in Christ would have life everlasting. Jesus had told His followers that there is no greater love than laying down your life for a friend (John 15:13). Jesus demonstrated this kind of love by making the ultimate sacrifice for others.

It was the incredible love of Christ for all that moved Him to give His life on the cross. John captures this truth in 1 John 4:9-10. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

God’s love for us was manifested in the death and sacrifice of Christ on the cross where Jesus satisfied and fully appeased the penalty due to us for our sins. This was the ultimate act of love Jesus modeled not only for the disciples, but for everyone.

Spend some time on this day between the death and resurrection of Christ contemplating the amazing acts of love Jesus modeled by serving others at the Lord’s supper, submitting to the Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane, and sacrificing His life for all on the cross. As you do so, ask God to show you how you can more consistently model the love of Christ in your own life.


More Posts

What is good about Good Friday?

very year we contemplate the events that surround the crucifixion of Jesus… and every year we’re left wondering, “What is good about Good Friday?”

Not what I will, but what You will

Christ asks nothing more from us than what He modeled in the Garden – a loving heart that is fully submitted and surrendered to the heart of our Heavenly Father. That heart posture will truly lead to doing loving acts on behalf of others.

Do You Hang on Jesus’ Words?

As we trod through Holy Week 2000 years later, I wonder if we hang on Jesus’ words like they did. Do we recognize the beauty, wisdom and truth represented in everything Jesus said – and the example he set?

Love One Another

The washing of the disciples’ feet certainly was a crowning demonstration of love in action. Jesus had already told His followers that the greatest among them would be their servant and that even He, the Son of God, had come to this earth not to be served, but to serve (see Mark 10:43-45).