A Love That’s Willing to Die

matt-16-24-25These words that Jesus spoke so clearly call us to love and follow Him with a love that is willing to give up our life, if necessary, in service to our Lord.  Yet, it is a daunting call that seems impossible to fulfill.

Easter will soon be here and I cannot help think about the amazing love that moved Jesus to sacrifice His life through the most degrading and painful way to pay the price for our sins even though He had done nothing wrong.

The love of God is so amazing that it is difficult to truly understand the love of a Holy God that determined to find a way to reach us in our sinfulness.  Thinking about this kind of love, I came across a wonderful nature story that demonstrates the amazing love that is wiling to give up one’s own life to save another.  It begins with the dramatic rescue of a tiny lion cub, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, in Keny a’s Masai Mara game reserve.   Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers … as the cub learned the hard way.

Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.

01-lion-loveThe drama begins: The mother arrives at the edge of the cliff as her son cries out for rescue after being trapped when he slipped.

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On the brink: Four lionesses look over the edge  and start to clamber down before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop.

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Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love. Slowly, agonizingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.  One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.

 

 

 

Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.  She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top of the cliff.

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05-lion-loveMinutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.  This beautiful photography that captures a rescue mission in nature, once again reminds of the love of a Heavenly father that waits with open arms to welcome us when we repent of our sins; that chastises and pursues us when we lose our way; and gave His only begotten Son to save us from the curse of sin and eternity in Hell.  What an awesome love is ours who believe in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

~ Elizabeth ~

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