Parents lovingly offer their lives for their children. Brothers offer themselves in place of another brother. Even strangers are known to risk their lives to save another. Seemingly out of nowhere comes this sacrificial love that so many cannot understand.
This is occasionally lived out in heroic war stories that touch our hearts and create tears that drop from our eyes in compassion. We understand that it is a rare form of love, a love that few are expected to offer. Yet that’s what war heroes do. They give their lives, not only for their families, but also for their country.
All of these examples find fulfillment in Jesus, whose divine love excels above all. In the trenches, Jesus sweat great drops of blood. Anticipating what lay ahead, He prayed for another way. Agonizing over the planned route of salvation, He begged His friends to stay awake and pray with Him. They fell asleep. Yet onward He marched. He was in a war beyond all wars. The battle He was to face was not simply physical, but spiritual. And it wasn’t for His salvation; it was for yours and mine. This love won the victory – a victory of love over sin, death and the devil – for all time and for eternity.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for going to the trenches for me. Open the eyes of my heart to understand the hope to which You have called me – that glorious inheritance of grace and forgiveness (Ephesians 1:18). Amen