“If you love me, keep my commandment”.
Isn’t that what we all wish true love would mean or do for us? To appreciate love and the sacrifices made. To know that even while we are away, love still remembers and celebrates what was once a burning desire in our hearts.
Jesus Christ said, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son . . .”
To love is to give. To what extent are we willing to give to show love to one another? To what extent are we willing to love so that Jesus’ death will not be for nothing? To what extent are we obedient to the commandment of the One who died for us? The greatest commandment is ‘to love’. It seems so simple but it is the hardest commandment for most of us to keep. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is because He loves us. He died that man might be set free and found blameless. The tomb is empty so that He can go and hustle to prepare a place for man.
Yet His simple subtle words we find very difficult to comply with.
“. . . On the night he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
How often do we remember Jesus in our daily lives? How do we truly celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus? The most painful thing would be to go through all that torture and humiliation for nothing.
“Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is the willingness to sacrifice”.
Yet, “It’s not hard to sacrifice for someone you love, but it is so hard to find someone who’s worth sacrificing for”.
Let the empty tomb be a reminder that love is expected from you and I as we celebrate Easter.