To Die Upon the Cross. Will the Death of Jesus Change My Life?
Welcome to Christian Charity World as we look at how to die upon the cross as Jesus did, could really affect and change our lives.
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Jesus Has Risen
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.
As I write it is the Saturday between the day Jesus had to die upon the cross and the day in which he rose triumphantly again. Easter is the most fundamental part of my Christian life. More than Christmas, it represents and truly explains the purpose of Jesus's ministry, his "raison d'etere" (pardon my French) and the ultimate sacrifice he made for me. From Palm Sunday when he rode jubilantly into Jerusalem riding on the fanatism of so many followers, I have desperately tried to ponder on Jesus's journey as it led up to the crucifixion upon the cross.
It is said in politics "what a difference a week can make". In less than a week Jesus has gone from a superhero to a death preceeded by excruciating suffering. The day that he had to die upon the cross.
To save me from my sins.
I cannot comprehend this. Why would anybody die in such painful circumstances to save me from being a naughty boy? It just doesn't make sense.
But then the way of God doesn't make sense. His power and majesty is far greater than any human understanding. I cannot get my head around why God forgives me all my transgressions, great and small. But He does.
Jesus demonstrates God's awesomeness, his ability to perform miracles, his love and mercy, by rising magnificently from the grave and I'm so grateful that he did.
So how can I prove and show my unquenchable gratitude to my saviour Jesus Christ?
By nailing my sins upon that cross. By clothing myself in the armour of righteousness and holiness so that Satan can never penetrate my heart with all the temptations that he wants to thrust in my direction.
For Jesus to die upon the cross as he did for me, the very least I can do is to lay my life down for him.