Sunday, March 9, 2014
2 Corinthians 4:10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
An acquaintance of mine and I were talking about different churches and the styles of worship in each. She recently attended a contemporary worship service and told me she didn’t particularly like the modern praise and worship music because the lyrics focused so much on the death of Jesus. She told me she preferred not to think of His death, but focus instead on His life and what Jesus did while he lived as one of us. I found that thinking kind of odd because to accept forgiveness of our sins means that we acknowledge that He gave his life as a sacrifice for them and as Paul points out, we carry that with us as Christians.
Jesus lived the most significant life on Earth. He changed absolutely everything. His teachings and miracles gave testimony that He is God. The most significant act of his life though was his death on the cross. It was through His death first; Him becoming that perfect sacrifice for our sins; then the Resurrection from the dead three days later we are able to find a path to God and eternal life with Him.
I understand why my acquaintance feels that way. Death is uncomfortable for us to think about. Death is finality for an earthly existence and we mourn those who we’ve lost. We carry that sorrow and grief with us for a season. It’s not something we like to focus on because it’s not what makes us happy. As Christians, though, what Christ did for us through His death is a part of who we are. We’ve acknowledged that His death was sacrificial for us to have eternal life with Him and that He is our pathway to God. We’re mindful of it and carry it with us in our daily struggles with sin. We want to be more like Jesus who was willing to give his life as a ransom for ours.
Prayer: Father, please help me be ever mindful of the sacrifice Christ made for me on the cross and that by my attitudes and actions, let others see Jesus through me. AMEN