When Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to the cross and refused to bring himself down, he proved to us the truth about love.
Jesus proved on the cross that love is not quantifiable. True love is not something that is more or less. You can like something a little or a lot. But if you love it, you love it. If God’s love was quantifiable, Jesus would probably have said “I love them a lot, but not that much.” The truth about love Jesus proved on the cross is that there is no more or less about it—if you love you love. God is love.
On the cross, Jesus proved that God’s love will never be taken away from us. We learn that Jesus’ love for us is steadfast and true. We don’t understand why bad things happen; we are not privileged to have that knowledge. But God so loved the world. Knowing this allows us to stand unshaken and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens to us on this earth, God does in fact, indisputably, undeniably, without any limitations whatsoever, love us. And we are commanded to love each other in the same way.
Jesus proved on that cross that love really cares. Caring is quantifiable. You can care a lot, you can care a little. The truth about love is that love always cares a lot. You can’t truly love someone if you don’t care whether they are healthy and safe. You can’t love your neighbors and not want them to have full and happy lives. True love will challenge systems that oppress, it will stand up for what is just and right, it will always care for the “least of these,” and it will always speak truth to power.
The truth about love proven to us on that cross is that love does not condemn. Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it. He had a right to condemn us then and he has a right to condemn us now. But he didn’t come to give us what we deserve, he came to give us his amazing grace. We learn from the cross that we can’t really love someone if we condemn them for being who they are.
Jesus proved on the cross that love sacrifices. Sometimes we have to sacrifice our desires, our safety, our comfort to truly love others.
The truth about love is that it is not a self-righteous judgmental attitude that looks down on or tries to change people who are different.
The truth about love is that it will never look, sound, feel or taste like hate.
The truth about love is that it is not a sweet, syrupy happy feeling that doesn’t do anything to prove itself.
The truth about love is that to prove it, sometimes we have to get down and dirty, sometimes it will be difficult, and sometimes proving it can really hurt.
The truth about love is that it will do whatever is necessary to prove that it’s true.
The truth about love is that it is truly amazing.
The truth about love is that it will save your life.
The truth about love is that it will give us victory over death.
The truth about love is that it is absolutely the most powerful force that we can wield on earth—it can and will move mountains.
The truth about love is that we need lots more of it in this world, and we need it now.
Hanging up there on that old, rugged cross, Jesus radiated true love. The closer we get to that cross, the more we feel love’s power to save our souls and the more we understand the truth about love; The closer we get to Jesus, the more we learn to radiate true love out to the rest of the world. He is the light of the world, giving us the wisdom and the power to save us from ourselves.