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How can someone do what Austin Anderson did? Think about that. We’d all like to say we would act like he did, but I honestly don’t know what I’d do in a situation like that. He must have had a fierce love for his friend Hannah. Nothing indicated they were dating, just good friends. Yet, he spent the final moments of his life saving hers. That’s the kind of friend you want to have. I don’t think he even thought about it. He acted spontaneously. This courageous young man, who had already survived two tours in Iraq, was willing to give his life for his friend.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3
This is the love of Jesus. A spontaneous, unconditional love. It’s almost impossible to understand. What kind of love is it that is so great that a person is willing to give his life for another? Yet, this is what Jesus did. This love is spontaneous. It’s like when you love your spouse or child or parent so much that when you act in love, you don’t think about it, you simply act. How many moms and dads have you heard say they would give their lives to save their children? They would do so without considering what might happen to them. It’s that kind of love. We throw the word love around without thought for its meaning. But this spontaneous, sacrificial love…isn’t that the kind of love you’re looking for?
Today. Consider looking to one who willingly gave his life for you. His love is true, freely given, spontaneous.
(Jesus speaking) “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace….” Matthew 10
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys recently passed away. In an article about his life a writer said he started loving the Beastie Boys at 14 because nothing about them was correct. In other words, they were not what was “normal” to all the adults in his life, especially his parents! I’m sure “Fight for Your Right to Party” became his personal anthem. You probably did something like that as a teen. Rebelled against the “establishment.” Hey, it’s part of growing up, right? We can’t be like “them”!
Has the establishment been getting you down lately? Have you thought about starting a revolution? In the Bible Jesus is accurately portrayed as a rebel. He taught about a new way to live life. If there was ever a nonconformist on this earth…it was Jesus. The religious leaders of the time saw him as a renegade. At the very least, he was a maverick, showing people how God could change their lives.
Do you feel like starting a revolt today?!! At your work place? At your school? In your own house? What about starting a revolution in your own life? A revolution of the heart. Join forces with the greatest revolutionary who has ever lived. Jesus.