“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
This subtle, yet dramatic conclusion to the legendary chapter of love brings us to our destination of Holy Week. Today, we still grieve the bloodied, empty cross. Tomorrow, we celebrate the empty tomb, the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
This trio of virtues will not only prepare us as we await Christ’s return, they will accompany us there.
Hope keeps us focused on God and His promises. It’s not dreamy imaginings or wishful thinking. Hope is solid confidence in the Lord.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb 11:1NLT).”
Jesus said, “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these… (John 14:12NLT).”
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Gal. 5:6b NLT).”
Love is our motivation. Love is the greatest of virtues; the greatest commandment. Love will last forever; it is the governing and uniting force of heaven. Love is our life beyond the grave if we give our life to Jesus Christ.
Faith, hope, and love leave a long-lasting impression in a hurting and hopeless world. Love makes the greatest difference because love sent Jesus to the cross for our sin.
This eve of Easter, it seems most appropriate to end this series in worship. These lyrics are part of the song which I have posted below, “One Thing Remains” (Hillsong):
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trials and the change
ONE THING REMAINS
Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me!
Will you devote the next ten minutes or so to thank Jesus for His love sacrifice for you? Enter into this time of worship. Express your love for Him. He is so very worthy of our praise.
I pray that you have a blessed Easter as you celebrate and worship the risen Christ!