Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 NIV
No Greater Love
Major General Sir Isaac Brock can be considered as one of Canada’s first heroes. He was a brilliant commander who inspired the admiration and loyalty of his troops through his courage, integrity and intelligence. Although he died early in the War of 1812, he rallied Canada’s soldiers during the Battle of Queenston Heights and left them with the conviction that they could overcome the American invasion. It has been said that General Brock laid down his life for Canada.
There are all kinds of levels of love. We don’t love our favourite food anywhere near as much as we love our family, for example. We love a beautiful vista in nature more than we love a show on TV. The Bible understands this and teaches us the epitome of love. Jesus says in John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” The highest form of love is when one person is willing to die for another. We see this most often in wars – thousands, perhaps millions of military personnel lay down their lives in order to protect a country or preserve freedom. This Bible verse is regularly quoted on Remembrance Day each year, and I often wonder how many people realize these are the words of Jesus in describing the depth of this love for us. He understood that we had nothing in our power to earn our redemption, so He offered His own body on a Roman cross in order that we can be forgiven of our sin and placed in right relationship with our Creator. There can never be a higher form of love. How have you responded to God’s love?
These have been words from the heart.