From a Pastor's Pen
April 24, 2017
Sacrifice has been a special focus in Australia in the past couple of weeks. Firstly there was a time to consider the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus as we shared the time of Easter. Secondly, has been the reflection of the death of servicemen during times of war and conflict as time has been set aside to recognise Anzac Day.
In times of conflict there are many examples of people being wounded, or even killed, as desperate efforts are made to help comrades who are in great danger. The personal safety is not a more important consideration than the attempts to rescue a friend.
This is the great theme of Jesus’ death nearly two thousand years ago. Paul the apostle, when he wrote his letter to Christians in Rome, put it this way, “No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person.But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.”
During conflicts the majority of instances of rescue and / or sacrifice are made for those with whom people are facing opposition. In the case of the crucifixion of Jesus, Paul points out that Jesus was sent on a rescue mission for the world which was at enmity with God.
God cares for all humanity to such a degree that Jesus came not to judge us but to be our rescuer. If any of us is in a dangerous situation we’ll take help from anyone when we need it. Let’s all consider the offer of sacrificial help God offers through Jesus. The offer is there to be used at any time in any situation.
Brianof Eden Church of Christ, 6496 3367