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The Cross: Our Journey with Christ's Sacrifice

John 10:17-18

I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.


I feel blessed and honoured to share with you a thought that might have passed your hearts at one point or another. This thought is about feeling personally responsible for Christ's death. Let us read together from the book of Romans, Chapter 5, Verse 8: "But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."


The depths of this scripture unveil to us the essence of Christ's death - a sacrifice made while we were yet sinners. It is natural then to feel a sense of responsibility, a heaviness in our hearts, for it was our sin that required such a noble sacrifice. But allow me to share with you another perspective, an encouraging way to perceive this reality.


Our journey of faith is not meant to be a burden of guilt, but a journey of redemption, grace, and love. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 11:30, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” When we reflect upon the crucifixion, we must not forget the resurrection. Christ's death was not the end, but the beginning of our salvation.


Does Christ's death hold you accountable? Yes, it does. However, it holds you accountable to love, to forgive, and to practise kindness. It holds you accountable to the transformation that He wishes for you - from a sinner to a believer, from darkness to light, from death to life.


Jesus did not go to the cross with a heart full of blame. Instead, He went with a heart full of love for you and me. As we read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son.” God did this so we could be free from the chains of sin, not so guilt could shackle us.


Feeling responsible for Christ's death is a humble response, but living your life in Christ as a response is better still. God wants us to see Christ's sacrifice as the bridge that connects our sinful nature to His loving forgiveness. We were worth dying for in His eyes, and now we live because He lives.


So, let us shift our focus from guilt to gratitude. Let us thank God for His unending love and grace. Let us strive to live as representatives of Christ - loving, forgiving, and spreading the good news of His resurrection.


In conclusion, dear brethren, the cross is not a symbol of our guilt, but a symbol of God’s love. While we were the reason for His sacrifice, we are also the recipients of His resurrection. Let us, therefore, live in the light of His resurrection, upholding love, forgiveness, and grace, not as those weighed down by guilt but as those lifted by His love.