About seven years ago I had the opportunity to study the Bible with a woman I met at work. She was sincere and sweet and I could quickly tell that she had faced many challenges in her short life. We would have great conversations at work, and I could tell she was searching for something in this life. To my surprise, she happily agreed to my request to study the Bible with me.
She came over to my house and we started going through some “basic” fundamentals of the Bible. She was eager to learn, but nothing captured her attention more than discussing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was so curious and was soaking up all the Bible had to say about Him. But when we reached Christ’s purpose on this earth and how die for us, she could not comprehend such a gift. In complete astonishment, she asked why it was that he would die.
I would have not been prepared in a million years for what happened next. I told it was because He loved us so very much and that He was willing to do anything to give us the opportunity to live with Him in heaven for eternity.
I looked up and saw tears streaming down her face. This was a defining moment in my life. She understood the great sacrifice that was made on her behalf and it moved her to the point of tears. She had a hard time understanding why someone would love her to the point that they would die for her. That act of love was absolutely amazing to her and touched her deeply.
I suddenly realized how much I had taken Christ’s death for granted. For as long as I could remember, I have been taught about Jesus and His great sacrifice for me, and for that I am eternally grateful to my parents and loved ones. I also remembered the feeling I myself had when I first made the actual connection of what He had done for me, and in turn lead me to want to dedicate my life to Him through baptism.
But since that time, I had gotten in a groove of just rattling off why Jesus died for me and had, to some degree, become desensitized. I had no longer allowed it to permeate my heart, and it just became a fact of life. While I am ashamed to even make these confessions, I have found that so many Christians do the exact same thing.
We know God loves us unconditionally, we know that He came to this earth to save us from our sins, and we know that He paid the price to remove those sins from us. But I appeal to you today to not only know these things, but to feel these things and allow it to transform our lives daily. I challenge each of you to not take for granted what Christ has done for you. Remember how you felt when you first heard of such a great sacrifice, and keep those feelings alive. As sinners, you and I deserve death, but because of Christ’s immense love for you and I, He decided to pay that debt. Let that ever remain fresh within you, and allow that to move you in amazing ways.
When we come together every first day of the week to commune with our Lord, let us use this very precious time to thank God for His indescribable gift. I pray that the constant reminder of Christ’s sacrifice not only motivate you every day to share this precious gift with others, but that it continues to move you in ways you never thought possible. May God have all the glory!
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us.”