The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

         Love is the motivating force behind much of human behavior, and the need for love has driven people to do things that otherwise they wouldn’t do. As powerful an emotion that love is, people often differ on the meaning of what true love is. Sometimes what is called love, is merely lust or selfishness disguised as such.
The essence of what God is is love. In Jesus Christ dying for us he demonstrated that the greatest sacrifice of a friend is to give his life for that person. Jesus gave up his physical life for us all. If anyone doubts that God has a love for human kind, all you have to do is to look at is the cross: the place called Golgotha where Jesus was led to and gave up everything so that you and I might have eternal live.
If we can only see the temporary (this present life), it is to our disadvantage. Life on Earth is only a preparation for eternity. Jesus gave his life willingly even as the religious, the skeptical, and the hateful were mocking him, beating him and insulting him. The strength of the cross is that all the sacrifice for human kind was laid on Jesus Christ. Every murder, every curse, every ungodly lifestyle, every heartbreak, and disappointment was laid at Jesus on the cross.
In his love for humanity, Christ said, I will become one of them. Even though he was God in the flesh, he became human and submitted himself to a horrible death(publicly) that he might save people from themselves.
Even as he was dying and soldiers were gambling for money for his clothes; He said, “…forgive them for they know not what they do.” The unbelievers at the cross kept telling Jesus to come down from the cross and save himself, they told him if he came down, then they would believe he was who he said he was. Thank God he didn’t come down from the cross, even though he could have. There would have been no hope for you and me.
When asking the question, “does someone love me?” Ask what are they willing to sacrifice for you. What is that person willing to give up for you? Whether it is pride, personal comfort, or simply giving of themselves to you.
Jesus Christ was abused, gossiped about, lied on, and had his life threatened many times before he was finally murdered on the cross. yet he gave up his life and died a brutal death so that you and I wouldn’t have to be separated from God in eternity. If you believe there is a heaven, you have to believe there is a hell, one does not exist without the other.
God made salvation so easy that even a young child can understand it. All Christ asks is that you believe on him and accept him as Savior. We all have to realize that we cannot save ourselves. If you believe on Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, you will be saved. If you had been the only person in the world, Jesus still would have died for you. It is God’s will that none should perish, but that all might have eternal life.
I Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God.” In the telling of great love stories, this is the greatest one ever told.
Here are some more scriptures that tell refer to Jesus’s death on the cross:
Romans 5:8-“But God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Phillipians 2:5-10-“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus . Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Hebrews 12:2-“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
John 3:16- For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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