A Love Story for the Ages

Love is one of the most powerful emotions we have. The actress Joan Crawford once said, “Love is a fire but whether it warms your heart or burns your house down, you can never tell!” Love can motivate, give pleasure, hurt, even destroy. It can make us do bold, even stupid things. During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier’s fiancé had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking. When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands. Cromwell’s heart was touched, and he said, "Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight!"

This story shows us the power of love and how real love can motivate us to place others before ourselves. This story, as moving as it is, pales in comparison to the story of the gospel. How God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son for our sins, and how Jesus loves us so much that He willfully laid His life down at Calvary. The power of God’s love for us has led to over 2000 years of Christians giving their lives for Christ and the furtherance of the gospel.

Please be reminded that the Bridegroom is returning soon for His Bride (The Church), and we will be called away to an eternity with the Lord. That is a love story for the ages. We love Him because He first loved us.

Rev. Wayne Marcus