John 15:13 KJV
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Short summary of the novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens:
The year is now 1789. The peasants in Paris storm the Bastille and the French Revolution begins. The revolutionaries murder aristocrats in the streets, and Gabelle, a man charged with the maintenance of the Evrémonde estate, is imprisoned. Three years later, he writes to Darnay, asking to be rescued. Despite the threat of great danger, Darnay departs immediately for France.
Sydney Carton, a look-a-like to Darnay, also has traveled to Paris because of the selfless love that he has for Lucie Manette. He resolves to sacrifice himself to save Lucie’s husband's life. He drugs Darnay and exchanges places with him, having Barsad carry Darnay out of the prison to safety. Carton dies in Darnay's place at the hand of Madam Guillotine. Sydney Carton’s final quote: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.” Though this is only a novel, the truth of “agape” love is shown by the sacrificial giving of one’s life for another, without thought of return.
The true meaning of love, as defined in Biblical terms, has been corrupted, stained in our English language. Most often, people that have said that they are in love, are really infatuated with what they think love may be. Is love that touchy-feely sensation a person has when he or she is with a familiar person? According to the Bible, love isn’t what we feel, but what we do. The Lord loved us enough to die for us and pay our sin debt while we were sinning against Him. This shows that true biblical love is not about emotion. God chose to love us and His love was not based on our meriting it in any way.
Lord, thank You for a love so great that You sacrificed Yourself for sinful man.