THE PROFESSOR’S CONFESSION 1 John 3:11-18
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (v16)
Horrified by his student’s poor writing habits, renowned author and college professor David Foster Wallace considered how he might unprove their skills. That’s when a startling question confronted him. The professor had to ask himself why a student would listen to someone “as smug, narrow, self-righteous, (and) condescending” as he was. He knew he had a problem with pride. That professor could and did change; but he could never become one of his students. Yet, when Jesus came to Earth, He showed us what humility looks like by becoming one of us. Stepping across all kinds of boundaries, Jesus made Himself at home everywhere by serving, teaching, and doing the will of His Father. Even as He was being crucified, Jesus prayed for forgiveness for His executioners (Luke 23:34) Straining for every anguished breath, He still granted eternal life to a criminal dying with Him (vv 42-43) Why would Jesus do that? Why would Jesus do that? Why would He serve people like us to the very end? The apostle John gets to the point. Out of love! He writes, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” Then he drives that point home. “And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16) Jesus showed us that His love eradicates our pride, our smugness, our condescension. And He did it in the most powerful way possible. He gave His life.
PRAYER LINE: Father, we are as prone to look down on each other Please forgive us. Give us the heart of love Your Son showed to us.
Jesus loved us by serving.