Christian friends, I greet you in the name of Jesus. No other name is greater than the name Jesus: our Lord and our Savior. The Bible says that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, John 3:16 (KJV). The nails used to crucify Jesus were strong iron nails but they were not strong enough to hold Him to the cross. What nails, could we, as creatures of the Almighty, create that could hold He who created all things? He willingly withstood the pain in His hands and feet, which was far beyond imagination, concentrating on the mission He came to complete: Salvation for the world. Love kept Jesus on the cross. His love was stronger than His physical and emotional pain and that is why He could fight hate with Love.
Even though everything in His physical body was saying “COME DOWN,” Love kept Jesus on the cross. Jesus stayed on the cross in spite of the blood streaming out His body. He knew He had the power to call for legions of Angels to come to His rescue, but Love would not let Him save Himself. Jesus endured. How much are we willing to endure for love? If Jesus, whom we say we love, could adhere and submit to the demands of love and not fight back, we too ought to give ourselves over and submit to it.
Although Jesus felt forsaken and betrayed, love kept Him on the cross. Jesus was committed to allowing love to run its course. He did not permit His emotions to deter Him. In the midst of feeling all alone and having His friend deny Him, Jesus did not fight to save Himself. During the darkest times in Jesus’ life, He did not have an emotional breakdown. Do our emotions have too much say so on how we react to things? Love is greater than emotions; therefore, emotions do not dictate love. Whenever we feel that someone close to us forsakes us or betrays us, our emotional response is to get angry. Love constrains anger.
Jesus did not fight love: He fought with love. Jesus knew that the real weapon of mass destruction is hate. The only victorious way to fight hate is with love. Jesus hated what was happening to Him but He did not hate the people that were doing it. At times, we try to fight hate with hate, you hit me I hit you, but if you fight hate with hate then hate wins, as that only creates more hate. Jesus chose to eradicate hate by not coming down from the cross. He fought hate with love.
Love held Jesus to the cross, not the nails. I am so glad that His love for me was stronger than iron nails, his physical and emotional pain. If you too are glad, let love, rule your life.
Until the next time, love on.
May the God of Glory keep you.
Tyrone Sanders is a public speaker and minister. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.