"That is what The Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served - and then to give away His life in exchange for the many who are held hostage."(20:28)
No greater love.
Can you imagine to love so deeply you are willing to give your life up to save another? To love so deep you would sacrifice yourself from being with ABBA in order that they may be His.
I once heard an account of a mother in a concentration camp who was forced to choose between her two children, a boy and his younger sister, which one would live. She selected her little girl to go into the gas chambers, feeling her son had a better chance to survive. Feeling her little girl would be subjected to far worse treatment than he. She felt her decision was the lesser of two evils.
Deep within my heart I know I could never make the choice between Adam or Nichalas. We all three. most likely, would have been killed. Thankfully, I have never been placed in that spot, but many parents have been throughout the ages of time. I do know, without hesitation or doubt, if the choice was myself or them to die, it would be me. There is a love for my Curt, our sons, Amber, Ashley, Charlie, Ella and so many others, which is so strong. I would willingly lay down my life if it meant saving theirs. Including their souls.
But I do know, there would be hesitation if the choice was myself or someone I don't know, who treats me in contempt, who lives only for evil.. How this choice breaks my ABBA's heart. Slowly, but surely - He is transforming my heart to love as He loves. To love "all" deeply.
To see the lost as well, lost. There is nothing that can be done to me - even physical death - to tear me from my ABBA's arms. Nothing.
Can you even imagine being able to love this way. To be so full of Him, we are able to love as He loves? Can you imagine what this world would be like? To love our "neighbor" more than ourselves?
Our ABBA - He did this for each one of us.
Our Savior - He did this for each one of us.
Even those who made the choice not to love Him in return.
This is the example of Love I strive for.