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The Death of Christ and You – Reflections


Fri, Apr 13. 2012

Editor: In March/April of every year, the pre-crucifixion and Calvary scenes are re-enacted in different parts of the world. Many become reflective and emotional. Some people even abstain from certain recreational activities, certain foods and certain drinks as a sign of “solace and sacrifice instead of celebration”, they say. Soon, the feeling passes with the season and the majority resort to their usual sinful pleasures; careless and forgetful of the great mercies and love of God.{{more}}

It is important to consider that when we reject the gift of salvation offered through Jesus Christ and live in rebellion to the Law of God, we “crucify…the Son of God afresh, and put Him to open shame” (Hebrews 6:6)

So, what should the death of Christ mean to you? What should it mean to all of us? Throughout the Bible, we are told about the death of Christ. The Prophet Isaiah declares, “…he (Christ) was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isa.53:5). The Apostle Peter shows that “…Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1Pet.3:18). Indeed, Christ suffered for us and offered the gift of life that we may be rid of sin(saved). This great truth is supposed to deeply impress our mind of the love of Christ, cause us to hate sin, repent and accept Jesus as our Saviour. To accept Jesus means to be sorrowful for our sins and practically live a life that is free from sin/free from transgression of God’s commandments. The Saviour calls us unto that life that is free from the burden of sin- “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:” 1 Peter 2:21,22.

Today, as you hear His voice through the working of the Holy Spirit by the Word, ‘harden not your heart’. Repent of your sins (that cause Christ to suffer) and believe the Gospel. Get the understanding of Christ’s death which is meant to work a transformation in your life- a transformation that makes us genuine followers of Jesus Christ all throughout the year.

Ann-Marie Ballantyne