Now we have not really seen the true extent of this divine love until we go one step further. It is true that the love to which we are called is God-love (agapē) and that this is an inscrutable love that exists entirely apart from the possibility of being loved back. But where do we see this love, if indeed, it is God-love? Where is it demonstrated? The answer is that we see it only in Jesus Christ and in Him preeminently at the cross. 

For most people the verses that we are now to study are the heart of the Sermon on the Mount. And there is a sense in which this is both true and proper. They deal with Christian love, and as such they contain a highly "concentrated expression of the Christian ethic," as William Barclay notes in his commentary. Moreover, these verses deal with it profoundly. 

Let me close by making this personal. What is your attitude toward all that I have been saying? Are you still dealing with the questions of your rights and your wrongs? Or are you learning to live the kind of life lived for us by the Lord Jesus? 

The third example Jesus gave is the right to our time, for He said, "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him two" (v. 41). This is a picture of which we know very little, for it comes from the experience of those who live in an occupied country. In such a situation a member of the conquered nation might at any moment be compelled to serve the conquering power, even if it meant the neglect of things that he considered important and for which time was pressing. To give one example, this was what happened to Simon of Cyrene when he was pressed into service in Jerusalem to bear the cross of Jesus. 

Now I want to go on. But before I do, I want to deal with an objection that someone may be raising. You may be saying, "All of what you say is well and good, but isn't it true that there are situations in which this standard need not be followed? In fact, didn't Jesus even refuse to turn His face Himself when He was struck by the high priest? And didn't He say, 'If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why smitest thou me?'"