Unlimited: Calvary is the True Centre of Existence
May 4, 2020 756
We love him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19 NIV).
It is not the life of Christ, not the teachings of Christ, but his sacrificial death alone that provides the motivation we need in our Christian life. When, through faith, we focus our eyes upon Christ on the Cross, and lay hold of him as our personal Redeemer, we become united with the very power of the heavenly throne itself.
To know that we are loved, despite what we are, inclines us to love others, despite what they are. To see the evidence of the patience of God towards us inspires us to be patient with those around us.
To catch a glimpse of the hope of Paradise offered to a penitent thief arouses in us an undying hope which can transcend “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”
The Cross is a constant reminder to us that through Jesus Christ, we too, died on that day. We are now his, and the only life that we have is the one he has given us.
Jesus’ death teaches us that we are not our own, for we were bought with a price. When we fully understand this great truth, we no longer want to live for ourselves, but for him who died for our sake, and was raised again. Any good that we do is but an echo of God’s own good
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Think carefully about what is truly the centre of your existence. Is it your community, your friends, your work, your church? What would your life look like if you acknowledged Calvary as the centre of your existence?