In a Peanuts Cartoon, Charlie Brown was once asked if he knew what love was. And he said, “Yes I do. Love is a man named Jesus.” He is right. Jesus personified the word “love.” In His life and ministry, everything He did and everything He said was to show love and kindness to others.
This was demonstrated at the cross. The cross was as a symbol of the love that God has for people. It showed us how much He wanted to save us: enough to die for us. He loved us enough to give us the best that He had in Jesus.
But it is important to understand that the cross came in stages. It did not happen all at once. The stage that we are going to look at this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church is that of Jesus’ trial. His trial could actually be broken into six phases: three before the Jews and three before the Romans. He was tried three times before the religious authorities and three times before the civil authorities. It started in the middle of the night and lasted all the way until late morning. It included beatings and floggings and the false testimony of eyewitnesses. The whole procedure must have been exhausting. It must have worn Him out before He even went to the cross.
Yet Jesus did all of this in order to save us. He endured the trial and the humiliation because He loved us, which is what we are going to look at this week together. Do you know what love is? Do you need proof that Jesus loves you? Look to the cross. Look to the agonizing trial that He went through before He died. Are the trials of Jesus confusing to you? Do you read all of the proceedings in the Gospels and get lost in the details? We will try to clear that up for you as well. We want you to understand all that the Saviour went through and why. If you would like to join us, we meet at 9:30 at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and a heart that would like to learn more about the love of God. We look forward to seeing you there! – Jeremy Cagle