John 13:34-35 (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Have you ever had a dream that you wished would come true? I sure have had many. One of my dreams was that God would lead me to a wife that had our Heavenly Father at heart. The day I married her, my dream was fulfilled.
During the 17th century, the inhabitants of the Isle of Skye also had a dream that they wished to see fulfilled. Living so close to the North Sea where fish were so abundant, they couldn't help but dream that one day they could become fishermen. Unfortunately, none of them at that time had the means to buy a boat that was adequate for fishing.
Others soon discovered the fish-rich waters around the Isle of Skye, and to the dismay of the islanders, ships originating from the east coast of Scotland, as well as from many other countries, soon began taking advantage of this untouched heavenly harvest. The fishing grounds of the inhabitants of the Isle of Skye were being robbed in front of their eyes!
Eventually they figured out how to be compensated for their lost fish. Every anchor laid off the Island was charged 6/8, and for every 12 barrels of herring, a tax of 3 Pounds was levied. At least this way they could make some money!
Only in the second half of the 18th century did their dreams become fulfilled. Thanks to funds provided by the Scottish, they were able to buy suitable ships to fish their own waters.
It sure feels great when our dreams are fulfilled!
When Jesus came to planet Earth, He too had a dream that became fulfilled when He died on a cross. He paid the price of our sins so that we could experience our Heavenly Father fully again. None among us have ever had such an unselfish dream!
In other words, when the Holy Spirit became a realty among Christians, they hungered to do God's will at all times. Yes, they would still sin from time to time, but these infractions will not be remembered. We, too, are truly forgiven through what our Savior endured on the cross.
Jesus' dream was fulfilled on the cross. We can follow in His footsteps. Hallelujah! Even better than any dream we may fathom!
Dear Lord, thanks for fulfilling the dream You had of the forgiveness of our sins. Thanks for dying on the cross and rising from the dead. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.