“And He died for all so that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Imagine yourself encountering the wealthiest man in the world. He sees what you are lacking, and he decides to give you everything that he has. That would change your life, wouldn’t it? Now, imagine yourself coming across the wisest man in the world. Again, for what appears to be no reason at all, he teaches you everything he knows, giving his wisdom to you. And finally, you meet the most powerful man in the world. What does he do? You guessed it. He gives you power beyond your wildest dreams.
So, after your encounter with these men, your life would never be the same, would it? Wealth, wisdom and power, right at your fingertips. It would be a dream come true for so many. And that’s exactly what this is, a dream, right? It’s just an imaginary situation, and we all know that none of this could ever happen to any of us, right?
Wrong! It already happened. It happened to you, and it happened to me. From the moment our Messiah entered His physical body here on earth, He began to give us everything He had. Even as a child, He shared His wisdom. As he grew older, He taught everyone who would listen. He gave us a way to harness power that we didn’t even know that we had. And when He died, He gave us wealth beyond value; He gave us eternal life.
What’s lacking in your life? I might not even know you, but I can answer the question anyway. If you already know Him, you have everything. And if you don’t, He’s all that you’re lacking. It’s quite simple.
So, lets go back to the imaginary encounters we just had. These men just gave you everything. If that really happened, what would you give them in return? Would a simple “Thank you” be enough? How long would your gratitude last? Would you ever forget them? Most people, after getting over the initial shock would probably say, “How could I ever repay you?”
Well, we can’t repay Him. But we can honor Him. We can show the world that His sacrifice wasn’t in vain. We can live our lives in a way that pleases Him, and we can do the few simple things that He asks us to. We can share what He gave us with others, spreading His word all over His creation, until everyone knows about Him. We can love Him, and we can love each other.
He died for us. Not a slow, painless death, but rather by the most gruesome torture possible. And He did so willingly. By His stripes we were healed, and He was pierced for our transgressions. He was loved by some, but despised by others. Yet, through all His suffering, He loved them all. And He loves us all.
We are called to live for Him. It’s the least we can do, after all He’s done for us.
Have a great day everyone!