As we approach Easter, it is good to contemplate on the sacrifice of Jesus and what it means for us. And how it shows in our lives. Or does it at all? Is Jesus’ death on the cross the sacrifice we trust or is it the sacrifice we dust once a year?
These thoughts were inspired by this P.T. Forsyth’s quote “Christianity is not the sacrifice we make, but the sacrifice we trust.” It helps us to understand Christian faith better and, hopefully, deeper.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Tim. 2: 5-6, ESV)
The Sacrifice we trust
Christianity is not about us, it’s about Christ and the sacrifice he made for our sake. It’s about trusting Jesus and the power of his sacrifice, not forcefully trying to better ourselves.
And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1 John 2:2, AMP)
Do you trust the sacrifice of Jesus to be all that is needed for your salvation? Or do you still hang on to your own works? Let them go. Instead, receive faith, receive grace, receive Jesus. Then rejoice daily. Your sins are forgiven in Jesus.
So let’s put the sacrifice we trust at work in our everyday lives. Then we don’t tumble in darkness but live blessedly in the Light. Thank you, Jesus!
Thank you for sacrificing your only Son for our sake.
Help us to trust the sacrifice
and let go of our own efforts to save us.
Enable us to remember and value the sacrifice of Jesus.
Show us how to live in your Light.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you trust the sacrifice of Jesus to be all that is needed for your salvation?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to rejoice in the sacrifice of Jesus daily!