The ultimate sacrifice

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/1/2021 1:38:25 PM IST

 Christians the world over will commemorate Good Friday on April 2,2021, the day when Jesus Christ, was crucified at the Cross, an event foretold seven hundred years before His birth. The foundation of Christian faith is based on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Christ fulfilled God’s promise by obediently giving Himself as the ultimate price to suffer the most horrific death as the ultimate price for the sins of humankind. Before his arrest and subsequent trial, Jesus was welcomed as the King and Saviour by a huge crowd. Needless to say, when Jesus revealed that the kingship was not of the world, the very same crowd who cheered Him later jeered Him when during His trials. The crucifixion was not a fable nor a myth but a well documented fact of history testified by one undeniable secular source, the Roman historian, Tacitus(55-120 AD). Tacitus, wrote that the “founder of this sect (Christians) was executed during the reign of (emperor) Tiberius by the Governor Pontius Pilate (Tacitus, annals XV). Christ’s birth, death and resurrection were already foretold by prophets such as Isaiah (7:14). The message of the Cross is that, no matter how good people may think they are but in God’s sight the entire Adamic race stands condemned. According to Apostle Paul, himself a citizen of Rome, the cross to the Romans, represented everything that was shameful and contemptible. Thieves, robbers, murderers and criminals were crucified at the cross. It was a sign of weakness, defeat and death. However, for Paul the cross was glory for through it man and woman attain salvation. The crucifixion of Christ at Calvary happened even when He was found innocent of all charges but condemned because He proclaimed Himself as the son of God. What is significant about the crucifixion, is that no one can win God’s favour by sacrificing animals or doing good deeds since that makes God secondary. Blood from blemish-less and healthy animals, such as lambs were offered as propitiation of sins when Jews lived under the Mosaic law in the Old Testament. The Mosaic law was about the dos and don’ts for the Jews but it did not deliver them from being judged as none could fulfil the law. Also, the Bible says there is no one who is righteous (without sin) and that only Jesus Christ, at Calvary redeemed mankind. Through Christ, God showed His mercy as we do not get what we deserved and by His grace, showed us favour by not giving us what we deserved. More and more people today are gaining more and more knowledge about God. However knowing about God is different from knowing God personally. The cross tells us that salvation is not a reward for righteous people; it is a gift for repentant people. Righteous people believe in their own conduct which 1 John 1:8 reminds us that “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” No amount of sacrifice is enough to gain God’s favour and believers are reminded that obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22-23).

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