“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
The emphasis lies not on “friends,” but on “laying down his life” for them; that is, “One can show no greater regard for those dear to him than to give his life for them, and this is the love ye shall find in Me.”
Greater love hath – No higher expression of love could be given.
Life is the most valuable thing we possess and when a man is willing to lay that down for his friends or his family, it shows the utmost extent of love. Even this love for friends has been rarely witnessed.
It greatly enhances the love of Christ, that while the instances of those who have been willing to die for friends have been so rare, he was willing to die for enemies – bitter foes, who rejected his reign, persecuted him, reviled him, scorned him, and sought his life, 1 John 4:10; Romans 5:6, Romans 5:10.
It also shows us the extent of his love that he gave himself up, not to common sufferings, but to the most bitter, painful, and protracted sorrows, not for himself, not for friends, but for a thoughtless and unbelieving world.
Too many of us live by a false idealism of fear based patriotism that being a sacrifice for unjust, tyrannical causes is a holy act. When in fact all you do is waste your life away and leave loved ones behind for the pure sake of building a New World Empire and lining the pockets of the greedy warmongers …
So you see it is not God’s wish or intent that we die for a country constructed on slavery and massacre. We only continue to build that very system up. You must think of the Walls of Jericho in comparison to Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. We are not putting our lives on the line for the right reasons. We are selling our souls to support evil causes …