The Love of Christ (Part 2)

(1) The Love of Christ Comes from Christ

The Lord Jesus is our greatest example of love. I John 4:10 (NKJV) states: “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.” In verse 10 we see the word propitiation. It means that God provides a merciful expiation, or atonement, of the sins of believers through the death of Christ. His death brings us into fellowship with God. Jesus, God Incarnate – meaning God in the flesh, taught us how to live. He taught us how to love and He taught us how to die. The mother of Zebedee’s sons, James and John, came to Jesus asking for preferential treatment for her sons. Jesus gave all of them a lesson on living a life of sacrificial, selfless, service. Matthews 20:25-28 (NKJV): “But Jesus called them to himself and said: ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.’” The Apostle Paul, the man who went from being a Christ-hater to becoming a Christ-lover, said this in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NKJV), “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died: and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” Paul lived with the same selfless abandon the Lord Jesus had. Christ’s love, which had converted him, now compelled him. I John 3:16 (NKJV): “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” Zacchaeus was a despicable tax collector in Jesus’ day. Jesus loved him, and He desperately and passionately desired to be his Savior and Lord. He saw Zacchaeus in a sycamore tree while He was walking down the street. Zacchaeus repented of his sins, and he gave his heart to Jesus. He gave 50% of his possessions to assist the poor and four times the amount he stole from people back to them. What did Jesus say about Zacchaeus? “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10 NKJV). Jesus is always seeking spiritually lost people because He loves them and deeply desires to be their Savior and Lord. (1) The Love of Christ Comes from Christ.

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