Friday, September 2, 2011

Greater Love Has No One Than This

What an honor and privilege it is to preach the gospel side-by-side with Ray Comfort. Together, we are trying to preach at least one afternoon each week on the campus of Cerritos College, just a few short miles away from Living Waters Headquarters.

On this particular afternoon, Ray and I were joined by Eddie Roman and Stuart Scott, as well as Kirk Cameron. We made our way to what has become one of our regular spots on the campus, which is an area where members of the football team, other athletes, and their friends hang out between classes. The acoustics are great, which allows us to reach other parts of the campus with our voices.

In the above video, I use John 15:13 as my primary text for my open-air. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."

The verse has been heavy on my mind the last week or so. August 31 marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Deputy Jake Kuredjian, with whom I had the privilege to work while serving with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. At the time of Jake's death, I was serving as both a deputy and department chaplain.

When it came time to dedicate the station memorial garden in Jake's honor, I was asked to choose a verse of Scripture that would go on the plaque. I chose John 15:13.

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." Deputy Jake Kuredjian epitomized the verse when he sacrificially gave his life to protect his fellow deputies and the citizens of our community. The ultimate example of this verse is, of course Jesus Christ, who voluntarily suffered and died a horrible bloody death on the cross He did not deserve to take upon Himself the punishment we rightly deserve for our sins against God. And then He forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave.

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." Do you truly love your friends, Christian? Are you willing to sacrifice everything, even your friendship, or, if called upon, your very life to bring them the gospel? If not, then examine yourself--examine yourself to see if you truly love your friends, and to see if you are even in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).