|Theme:||God's love for us and our love for him|
|Object:||Some valentines and a crude wooden cross|
|Scripture:||"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13|
This week we celebrate Valentine's Day. As you all know, Valentine's Day is when we send cards to friends and sweethearts to tell them we love them. Have you gotten your valentines yet? There are many different types of valentines from which to choose. Some have candy attached to them, some have chewing gum. Some valentines may come with a little stuffed animal. Some valentines are funny....some are serious. Some of them have a message of friendship and some have a romantic message like this one I got to send to my wife. Most of the valentines have hearts on them because the heart is used to represent love. Valentines are a nice way to say, "I love you."
This is the most beautiful valentine I have ever received. (Hold up the cross) Oh, I know it doesn’t look very pretty like some of these valentines, but it beautiful because it represents the greatest love I have ever known. It represents Jesus' love for me. The Bible says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." That is what Jesus did when He died on the cross. He gave his life for me. That is why I say that the cross is the most beautiful valentine I have ever received. Jesus is the only one who has ever loved me enough to die for me.
Do you think Jesus wants a valentine from me? I think He does. But I don't think he wants a paper valentine like these. I think he wants me to show my love for him by giving my heart and life to Him. After all, he gave his life for me.
Dear Lord, thank you that you loved us so much that you sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. As Jesus showed His love for us on the cross, may we show our love for him by devoting our life to serving him. Amen.