Palm Sunday: Radical Love

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Message Recap | 3.29.2015
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor

Can anyone really define radical love?  Radical is defined by Merriam-Webster as very different from the usual or traditional: extreme.  I love Nancy, my wife, with extreme love.  I love my daughter Allyson and her husband James along with my son, Brandon, with the same extreme love.  But that is because the Bible teaches me to love as Jesus Christ loves.  And His love is certainly very different from the usual or traditional.  It truly is radical in every way.

The Sunday before Easter Sunday is referred to as, Palm Sunday.  It marks the beginning of the final week before Jesus was brought to trial and crucified and then resurrected three days later.  Jesus was in fact, King, and He came to bring deliverance, however it wasn’t in the way the people had expected.  It wasn’t a physical freedom, but rather a much more important and eternal freedom.  A freedom from death which is the consequences and punishment for sin.  The truth is, Jesus’ reason for coming to Earth was to bring peace once and for all between sinful man and a Holy God, thereby making us His children and promising us an inheritance beyond what we can imagine!  What would motivate someone to give their life in this way?  It was His radical love!

Jesus said in John 15:13 (ESV), “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” To love is to choose suffering for the sake of another.  Jesus has loved you this way and so much more!  His love is revealed in its costliness.  The depth of His love is shown by how undeserving the object of His love is.  His love is seen by the greatness of the benefit that is secured.  And lastly, we know the depth of someone’s love for us by the freedom with which they love us.

But there is so much more to learn about the Radical Love of Jesus and the life that Jesus sacrificed for you.  Listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/radicallove  for the complete message.

Friend, next week is Easter.  What does the resurrection of Jesus have to do with this amazing love?  It means that Jesus is alive to show you that He really loves you. He freely loved you. Nobody forced Him to it. And He remains alive to spend eternity loving you with omnipotent resurrection love forever and ever.  This week leading up to Easter Sunday remember Jesus Christ’s radical love for you as He calls, come to me all you sinners who need a Savior.  I will forgive you and accept you and love you with all my heart forevermore.

Lead Blogger,
George Leonhardt

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