Confession time: I’m not really a big basketball fan. However, I’m significantly more interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers since LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. I remember when he first arrived there and immediately there were comparisons between him and the legends of the game, especially Michael Jordan. Now, as he has developed into an even better player, there are even more comparisons.
For whatever reason, we like to talk about who or what is the greatest. A quick scan of a google search for “greatest” yields lists for the greatest films, beards in history, stand-up comedy acts, sporting moments, music artists, freakouts, and so much more. It’s fun to talk about “greatest” things and lists.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul talks about the greatness of love. At the end of a series of passages about love, he compares it to two other “great” concepts in Scripture:
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
All three are great, but one is greater still. One of them is the “greatest of all time.” Today, we live by faith. But after we rise again, we don’t need faith because we will see Jesus face to face. Today we hope for new life, but after the resurrection, there’s no need to hope, because we will have it.
But love—Love remains. Where faith and hope pass away eventually, love will continue on forever. Love matters most. You were created to be in relationships, and love is the foundation for all healthy relationships. Today we start a new series and a new all-church study about love. I hope you’ll join us as together we experience 40 Days of Love, the greatest of all virtues.