As Christians from around the world this weekend remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is always good to reflect on how events leading to the death of Christ left an indelible mark in our lives. Please allow me to indulge a little bit… I am in awe of how during the time Jesus Christ walked on earth doing so many wonderful things to bring us as humans to the full knowledge of Our Father in Heaven. The various acts of kindness, the miracles, healings and the ultimate sacrifice at the cross of Calvary were all for us.
Many of you may have watched the movie the Passion of the Christ directed by Hollywood actor Mel Gibson and in it details of the death of Christ, the struggles and His constant prayers to God for mercy on His people showed a selfless love for us. I am eternally grateful to God for sending His only begotten Son so that through Him we would be cleansed of our sin and that we would one day be promoted to greater glory in heaven.
Now the choice is always up to us. How do we want to spend our days on earth? What impact do we want to make on the lives of fellow human beings? And what lasting legacy do we want to leave behind? Thousands of years later, here we are remembering the self less love that was shown to us. This really does not matter whether you are saved or not. The gospel of Christ came so that we would learn the truth and the truth would set us free.
Quoting from Our Daily Bread today “Those who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus saw His hours of agony and heard Him cry out in a loud voice, “It is finished!” as He gave up His spirit (John 19:30). His final words from the cross were not a cry of painful defeat but a shout of triumph, because He had accomplished all that the Father sent Him to do.
When Jesus died, He shared in what all of us must experience. But far beyond that, He did what none of us can do. He paid the price for our sins that we might be forgiven and have eternal life through faith in Him.
“It is finished!” was the Lord’s shout of victory because now, through Him, we can escape the power of sin; we can live and be free.”
It is finished! —John 19:30
I for one do not want to be left out, through struggles, pain and sacrifices I want to make a difference n this world. Reach out to the orphans, to the vulnerable communities, widows and those that have no one to look up to and be there to support them. You too, in whatever way can be that difference in the life of someone today just as the life of one person who paid the ultimate sacrifice of death for all of us. Lord Jesus, thank you for leaving a truly lasting legacy!
It does not matter the kind of car I drive, the type of house I live in nor the size of my bank account, what is important to me is to ensure that I leave a lasting legacy for generations. Join me in this quest!