The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of
thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and
again, they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid
homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his
own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.” Mark 15:16-20
This past week, Kevin and I celebrated our 32nd Valentine’s Day together. He continues to be romantic giving me tokens of love. How do you show your heart to someone you love? A bunch of red roses? A candlelit dinner? Perhaps doing the dishes!
They’re beautiful gestures but they come fairly easy. When we think about how God showed His love for us, it was far more costly. God’s love was shown through Jesus when He healed the broken, and welcomed the unlovely.
When He wept with those who grieved and believed in those who failed. He fed people who were hungry, washed the feet of those who would betray Him. His love was constant and without condition.
When Jesus allowed Roman soldiers to take Him and whip Him, He was saying; ‘I love you’. When 8-inch nails were plunged into His wrists, He was saying ‘I love you’.
When He refused the temptation to call on a host of angels to rescue Him, He was saying ‘I love you’ Greater love has no-one than this – that he lay down his life for his friend.
God’s love for us is greater and far more costly than a bunch of red roses. No-one loves us as much as He does.
Today, will you consider making a sacrificial donation for at-risk children, youth and families on behalf of God’s love for you? Perhaps, for the cost of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses.
Because He loves you,
Betty Alvarez Ham
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