Remember His Sacrifice Every Day
â€śWhen we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in Godâ€™s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from Godâ€™s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.â€ť Romans 5:6-11
During the Easter season believers and followers of Christ remember the awful torture that our Lord quietly endured for our sins. We know that He did not deserve to die because He was sinless and innocent. There was no wrong found in Him. He was murdered by those who feared His influence and authority. They wanted to silence Him and the Truth that He spoke. He was the spotless lamb lead to the slaughter to become the ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins. He died so that all who believed in Him could have right standing with God. (John 3:16)
ChristiansÂ not only reflect on the extreme act of love that He showed by laying down His life for us, but we rejoice in the fact that death had no power over Him. He was resurrected from the grave on the third day just as the prophets predicted. Now all followers of Christ rejoice in this because we know that He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died believing in Him who will also be resurrected. We rejoice because death has lost its sting!
My personal favorite reflection during this resurrection holiday is meditating on the fact that the veil in the temple in Jerusalem that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn from top to bottom when Jesus died. The veil was a representation of how sinful man is separated from God. But when Jesus died with our sins on that cross, that veil was miraculously torn symbolizing that now all believers in Christ can go into the presence of God for help, to worship, and to give thanks, it no longer has to be just the high priest. Because of the shed blood of Jesus our sin no longer separates us from God. (Hebrews 4:16)
â€śAnd so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heavenâ€™s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over Godâ€™s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christâ€™s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Easter isnâ€™t the only time that we should reflect on the death and resurrection of our Lord. We should reflect daily on the sacrifice that our Lord made for us and remember that He died so that we could live our life here on earth more abundantly. Not for us to be walking around beat up and overcome by the trials and tests that we must go through. He died not only that we could be saved but so that we could manifest in our lives the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ Jesus. By manifesting His power and love in our lives others will see and be drawn to Him. They will desire the peace, joy, love, patience, perseverance, kindness, and power that they see in our lives.
If we truly love the Lord with all of our hearts then we too will lay down our lives for Him and become living sacrifices. We will become living testimonies, His conduits of love, and vessels of honor used to bring Him glory.
â€śThere is no greater love than to lay down oneâ€™s life for oneâ€™s friends.â€ť John 15:13
Father let us not ever take for granted what Jesus did for us. Let us remember His sacrifice daily and may that motivate us to truly be about Your business. Help us to love others more and share the Gospel of Christ without fear of persecution but with a spirit of power of love and a sound mind. May Christ our Lord be glorified in all that we do..in Jesus name..Amen..