From Pastor’s Desk:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:6-8 NIV
We are in that time of year when we celebrate the most precious gift of all to all mankind, the gift of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the fulfillment of the plan of salvation. Our hearts and minds are turned once again to the life, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Human minds will never be able to comprehend the full scope of what happened that ‘day’ in eternity when this plan was conceived, designed, initiated, and implemented. But by faith we can accept it. It is by grace we can have it. By the Holy Spirit it is applied. Through the blood of Jesus we are washed and cleansed from sin. In the Gospel, which is the ‘power of God unto salvation’, we find the Truth that sets mankind free. The Way, the Truth, and the Life is found in the pages of the Holy Writ.
All this we have access to because just at the right time, when we were powerless, a power from heaven manifested in the bodily form of God incarnate, Jesus Christ, was born into this world, lived about 33 1/2 years, and then crucified on a cross.
I have noticed that in funerals and memorials people are, more and more, celebrating the life of the deceased rather than giving place to the dirge of sorrow and grief as they gather together. Not that the sorrow isn’t there, or that heart(s) are not grieving, but rather that people turn their thoughts to the loved one and celebrate the life they lived before their death.
Should we not do the same in this time of celebration of the life of Jesus, rather than concentrate so much on his death? Please don’t misinterpret my point. Jesus’ death still, and always will, hold much significance. The teaching of the cross is still, and always will be, essential. Praise God for the resurrection, for without that there would be hope for anyone. Importance of the ascension? Of course, for without Jesus taking his place again at the right hand of the Father, he could not be our Intercessor.
None of these things, however, could not have taken place without first there being a life. A life that was lived, then given, that we might have life and have life more abundantly.