At church lately we’ve been looking a lot at John’s Gospel. And, in John’s Gospel, Jesus reveals to the world what God is like (John 1:18). Jesus shows to us that God is love (1 John 4:8). That’s why Jesus goes to the cross, to show us just how much God loves us (John 15:13).
But, these ideas aren’t unique to John. Paul echoes the same ideas in Romans 5:8, “God shows his own love for us: in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” For Paul, the cross is the ultimate demonstration of the love of God (see also Gal 2:20).
The other day I heard the song ‘The Proof of Your Love’ (by King & Country). It’s not a new song, nor is it the first time I’ve ever heard the song (I was shocked to discover that it was released back in 2012!), but, after preaching on John’s Gospel for so many weeks in a row, the message of the song hit me afresh.
Here’s the link to the official Music Video – King & Country – The Proof of Your Love
The chorus really contains the message of John’s Gospel. It says, “Let my love look like You and what You’re made of.”
Don’t you see? No one has ever seen God. The world is blind. Walking around in darkness. And so, we (the Church) have to show them what God is like. We have to show the world what God looks like, what he is made of. And he is made of love. So, that’s what we need to show the world. We need to show the world love.
Which is the challenge, because as the chorus of the song says, “love is sacrifice”. If our love isn’t sacrificial, then it won’t actually show the world who God is. If your love is cheap and easy, then it won’t show people how much God loves them. It won’t show them just how far God is willing to go for them. It won’t show them the cross. But, if our love is sacrificial, if it costs us, if it hurts, then our love will show people that God really is love.
That’s why throughout the video clip, there are people whose eyes are darkened. They cannot see what is happening around them. But, every time somebody does something loving (e.g. picking someone up who has fallen over, standing up for someone else, etc.), the eyes of those who see it are no longer darkened. Their eyes are cleared so that they can see. They come into the light – to use John’s language.
Paul once again echoes all of these ideas in 1 Corinthians 13, which the song references repeatedly. The point of 1 Corinthians 13 is: “If I don’t have love, I have nothing.”
That is our mission here in Nambour. That is our mission out into the world. To show the world what God is like. To show the world that God is love. To show the world the cross.
“Oh, let my life be the proof, the proof of your love,”