04.02.10 | | Comments
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this past week on the theme of sacrifice. It’s especially appropriate because of the Easter season and our remembrance of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross. Sacrifice involves a number of things – in fact as I studied the word in depth I realized that sacrifice includes five things: 1) Give up; 2) Let go; 3) Forfeit; 4) Offer up; 5) Surrender. That’s a pretty heavy list. In fact a definition of sacrifice would be something like this: Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
Today is Good Friday. Many people might question why you would call a day “Good” when it commemorates someone’s death. But to the one who understands God’s love and has received it personally – the good comes from the fact that because of the sacrifice of one – meaning Jesus – we can have a life that’s characterized by freedom. Freedom from sin – freedom from its guilt and stain – freedom to live a life here on this earth that is pleasing to the God who created us – and freedom to one day spend eternity with Him. Now that’s Good!
Listen to that definition again: Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim. Jesus gave up his life – something highly valued – for your sake because He considered you of greater value. The Bible tells us that Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death – even the death on the cross. He sacrificed for you. As you remember Good Friday and celebrate His resurrection this Easter – please know that the motivation of His sacrifice was a love for you and me that we don’t deserve, could never understand, but is freely given for our acceptance.
Have a wonderful resurrection weekend!