1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

The ABC of love is to care. Jesus laying down His life for us is a sure indicator that He cares. We see the light when we realize that.

It is a beautiful revelation to find that Jesus exists. And yes, it’s worth celebrating! Heaven throws a party when a human being joins the kingdom of God. But this event in itself is no Happy Ending. The story of our salvation is meant to ignite other salvation stories – the message of the gospel spreads around the globe similar to a domino effect.

God’s love has been brought to light when the mystery of His salvation was unearthed through Jesus’ appearance here on earth. How God saves the world is His choice. It is ours to choose Him. Our life story takes an important turn when we are no longer at the sidelines watching; returning to God, we are headed to heaven.

The journey to heaven is a one way trip – there is no turning back. Choosing to go back, we will find that our old life is not the way we remembered it. We travel as a group and see our brothers and sisters in various stages of the journey. We learn from them and share in their joy and pain.

Approaching Easter season, we celebrate the sacrifice Jesus made. Heaven remembers; Creation remembers. If we had an interview with Jesus, and we would ask Him what accomplishment He is most excited about, I think He would talk about the wonderful results of the cross. His death on the cross rattled the universe and the shock waves of His resurrection are still in motion. People are touched by the reality of the cross every day. Witnesses of His incredible love, generations of people have stood up to testify. Angels are watching with fascination when another lost sheep is added to the motley crew of believers.

Speaking of the motley crew – when we come to Christ we will discover sooner or later that we have siblings. And like in any family, siblings have misunderstandings and rivalry. Sometimes they downright hurt each other. Even to the untrained eye it is pretty obvious that believers have had their issues and that their unity is wanting. Despite all of that, let us not forget that siblings are God’s gift to us.

The Lord gave Himself plus He gave us brothers and sisters. We need Him and we need each other. Especially in times of trouble we become acutely aware of that; after all, this is how we know what love is: by laying down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

“Brother let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home”

Songwriters: Pontus Johan Winnberg / Niomi Arleen Daley / Christian Karlsson / Henrik Jonback

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