25th April 2011

Why Easter Is About Love

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Love is something everyone needs but sadly, sometimes rejects! The love between a husband and wife should last a lifetime and when it does it’s wonderful. Yet sadly, we live in a society where divorce has become commonplace and accepted.

The love between a parent and child should also last a lifetime and often does. But sadly, we live in a society where parents can sometimes reject their children and children reject their parents. Bitterness replaces love.

The love between grandparents and grandchildren is a unique and special relationship with great benefit on both sides. But sadly, we live in a society where respect for the elderly is decreasing and this special relationship can also be fractured.

The love between brothers and sisters is precious and valuable, and it too should last a lifetime. But all too often that love can be shattered by jealously instead of joy, by argument instead of affirmation.

Love for one’s neighbour promotes peace and harmony and is a great blessing. But sadly, in our rushed, busy, 24/7 lifestyle, too many people don’t even know their neighbour.

Love is a powerful motivating force that can bring meaning and value to our lives but when fractured brings emptiness, discouragement and depression. While we want to love and to be loved, sometimes as human beings, our pride, our selfishness, our determination to have our own way, fractures our most precious human relationships, and we either can’t, or won’t, repair them. Especially if it means we have to accept that we are wrong!

When our relationships are underpinned with love it brings peace, stability and security into our lives. So can we find a loving relationship in which our faults, our failings, our inadequacy, our doubts, our fears, our lack of faith, our emotionally-damaged selves make no difference? A relationship in which we are loved so much we can never damage or destroy it? Yes we can.

God is love, the bible tells us, and God loves you. But God’s love is beyond our human understanding in its height, its depth, its breadth, and the fact that it’s a love which can never fail. God’s love is so great that he, himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, came down to earth, lived a perfect sinless life, and in love, died on the cross to pay the penalty for all our sins. That sacrifice was for you, and demonstrates God’s love in a practical way. As we approach Easter we remember that sacrifice which was motivated by God’s love for you and me.

He not only died, but rose again, and Easter celebrates his death, his resurrection and his love. During the Easter period let us reflect on the love that underpinned the unique and total sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. But let us also reflect on the fact that He is risen and his love reaches out to us today and every day.

No matter what our experience of love in this world today, let us reflect on the fact that He loves us, as we are right now, that his love is perfect, unchanging and available for us 24 / 7. The wonderful message of Easter is that God loves You.

Father, thank you for the love which underpins the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ—a love for us that can never fail.

Study by Keith Hartrick 

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