The famous king, Cyrus the Great of Persia, was opposed by Cagular, a provincial ruler in his day. 

Cyrus sent out his invincible army which captured the rebel Cagular, and his family.

The powerful monarch delayed killing his prisoner.  One day, Cyrus decided to interview Cagular. Impressed with the man, during the course of the conversation Cyrus thought about sparing the life of this local rival.

“What would you do if I spared your life?” Cyrus asked Cagular.

“Oh, my King, I would serve with all my strength,” replied Cagular.

“What would you do if I spared the life of your wife?” Cyrus then asked.

Cagular answered. “Majesty, I would die for my wife, but spare her life, and I will serve you to my death.”

Then the mighty Cyrus made Cagular the captain over his southern forces and sent him to assume command.

“Did you see all the silver armor?” Cagular asked his wife as they journeyed to his new position.

“No,” she replied.

“Did you see the marble and ornaments in the king’s court?” he asked.

“No,” she replied again.

“Did you see the gold throne where Cyrus sat?” “No,” she replied.

“Well, what did you see anyway?” Cagular asked her.  And she looked lovingly into his eyes and answered,

“I saw only the face of the man who said he would die for me!”

Jesus said,

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

What a Friend we have in Jesus. And that, is just another reason, we want to see Jesus.

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