“Love bears all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
So much of what we have discussed about love during our journey through Lent is paradoxical. Love is not a feeling, but a decision. Love is not about getting one’s own needs met, but about serving others. The best way to receive love is to give it away. Love is strongest when it is most vulnerable. Those who lose their lives for the sake of the Gospel will gain their lives.
Today we remember the ultimate paradox when we find the Son of God hanging on a cross, dying the death of a criminal (under 1st Century Roman law). Once again it is Jesus’ actions that speak for us as he chooses to fully enter the injustice and suffering of this world. The message of Good Friday is that God’s love is with us, even in our darkest moments, and that God will go the distance, even to a cross to declare that love.
All of us have known suffering. Some of us may be experiencing a deep sorrow in our lives right now. Today Jesus “bears all things” and “endures all things” for us.
Linda Ashfield, minister at Knox Waterloo
For those unable to be with us in the sanctuary this morning – the service will be live streamed. 10 am as usual.