At Easter, 2000 years ago, in a single week-end, God turned the spiritual world upside down. In three days, He transformed a Roman instrument of torture into a symbol of salvation and a handmade tomb that should have been dedicated to death and decay into a stage for His master plan… Eternal life.
These events are the foundation of who we are today but… who are we really?
We like to call ourselves Christians but what does it really mean?
We could say that we are believers, but once again, what do we really believe?
Do we believe in what is written in the passage of John 3.16, that a loving God who loved us so much, let his only son dying for us, so we could have eternal life by believing in him?
If our answer is yes, what are the repercussions for our life today?
What can we draw from this amazing passage?
In 2 Cor 5.17, Paul wrote that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
From the minute we accept Christ as our Saviour, a big transformation happens.
Galatians 2.20 says: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Our acceptation of the sacrifice of Christ changes the meaning of our life 100%, forever.
One of the important changes is that God, through Jesus, becomes our Master.
When we accept Jesus, He becomes not only our Saviour, but also our Lord.
In Romans 1.1, Paul calls himself a servant, a slave of Christ.
What does it mean to be a slave of Christ?
It means we submit to Christ like the slaves used to submit to their human masters:
It means we accept His will over our will.
It means we own nothing except that which He has given us.
It means we are His possession.
This idea seems perhaps extreme for some, but I believe it’s not as if we have a choice in that matter.
The message of the Bible is never half measured.
Jesus never made any compromise. He accepted to die on the cross, as an ultimate and total sacrifice. He saved us completely.
Our commitment to Him should be at the same level.
As Christians, we are now called “saints”, as we are now totally redeemed, able to enter in God’s presence entirely purified by the blood of Jesus.
It is a complete transformation due to Christ’s total dedication to follow his father’s calling to save us.
Can we just stop for a moment here, and think about this idea of our complete abandonment to Christ and why it is in our best interest to accept it?
He is God, the Creator and we are His creation, His creatures. He knows us perfectly.
He is our Leader, we are His followers. He guides us at all time.
He is our provider, we are the people under His care. He gives us everything we need.
His is our Shepherd, we are his flock. He cares for us all.
He is in control of all things. We can trust Him
He knows everything, He is perfection. We could abandon ourself to him.
We cannot even start to understand Him and the depth of His love for us.
All we can do is to believe Him and obey.
All we can do is to love Him and worship Him.
All we can do is to realise, that ultimately, it is not about us, but, especially in this time of Advent
IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM.