We like to think of ourselves as pretty sophisticated in America...
The purpose of Wooddale Church is to honor God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ.
Sociologists like Emile Durkheim, the father of modern sociology, define giving your life for the love of or the benefit of someone else as altruistic suicide. It’s the soldier who throws his body over a hand grenade and dies to save the lives of his buddies. It’s the heroism of the husband who steps in front of his wife to take the assailant’s bullet. Or it’s the mother who gives up her food and water in time of famine so that her young child can survive even though it costs her her own life.
Jesus is the ultimate example. He chose to die because of his love for others, even though it meant a brutal death on a cross. Shortly before he died he told his followers, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
It’s important for us to realize that Jesus wasn’t just talking about his friends standing in front of him at that moment. Jesus came to die for sinners of every generation. And that includes you and me. He wanted every one of us to have the opportunity to be born again and have eternal life.
Through the years I have watched something profound happen in the lives of people as they come to the realization that Jesus died specifically for them. Coming to the discovery that Jesus loved you enough to die for you even if you were the only person in the world, is life changing! Jesus chose to die for you and for me because he loved us that much.