Thursday, June 6, 2013

“Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“Christ died for us”! Christ is a person whose unspeakable greatness not even non-believers can negate. Whether considered an exceptional prophet and a sage, He is one who has given history with a new direction. There are other great ones who have left their mark on history but not in the breadth and depth and extent that Christ has.

Paul asserts that this man died for us. We cannot be indifferent about this. It is not a generic ‘us’, but one that applies to individual persons, to me and to you, and to every person who has, is, and will live on this earth. Moreover, Paul adds, “Only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die…while we were still sinners God died for us”. This asks for serious reflection. We do not give our life away for nothing! If Christ gave His life for me, it means that in His eyes I am of priceless value. I must not degrade or despise myself.

What is more astounding is that this man, Jesus, is God’s Son, God Himself! It is an indescribable mystery before which we can only kneel in reverence and love, recognizing in it the imprint of a transcendent God, a God who cannot be limited by the narrowness of our limited horizons and ideas. Christ annihilated Himself by becoming human and dying for my sins. This is the most eloquent revelation of a God whose only name is LOVE. I can only respond with love and adore.