This chapter looks at Christ’s last Passover with his disciples and the beginning of the Lord’s Supper given to the church. We see Jesus in Gethsemane, Judas’s betrayal and Peter’s denial. This is God’s love.
By listening to Jesus we learn that there is a great danger in hypocritical religion. The scribes and Pharisees were guilty of it then, but many besides them have been guilty of it too. Many are still guilty of it now.
In response we ask you to please show us where the practice of our faith does not measure up to your standards. Transform our hearts so that we become people who are inwardly pure. Let our love for you and for others cause us to grieve over sin and truly fear the day of your coming judgment.
And let us always be prepared and eagerly waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In his name,
In Romans 5:7-9 Paul reminds us,
7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
Today we remember the greatest example of love the world has ever known. This is the day we remember that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. True, Paul writes this at a time when many who would read it were alive at the time of Christ’s death. He could say “while we were still sinners” and look back on the crucifixion and the space of time before he believed in its value. We look at it somewhat differently.
Notre Dame altar cross, early Tuesday, April 16, 2019, by Philippe Wojazer, Reuters
From our standpoint Christ died before we were ever born. He died before we ever sinned. He also died long before we saw our need for a Savior. How wonderful that by the time we saw our need, the Savior was risen. The price for our sin had already been paid. All that was lacking was our making use of Christ’s payment and asking it to be applied to us.
The love he shows to us is every bit as great as if we had known Christ personally while he walked the earth. He was the lamb of God, taking away the sins of the world. We are the sinners, who have corrupted the world by our sin.
As children of the very wealthy are in danger of not appreciating the true cost or worth of their riches, we run the risk of not appreciating the price that Christ paid. We were born into a world whose sin was already dealt with at the cross. We have been forgiven based on a work done long ago, a completed suffering. We need to take some time to consider the cross. Grace can be freely extended to us only because our Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself to a death that we deserved.
Thank you, thank you Jesus.
This week we begin the first of three weeks in what is probably the best known sermon we have from Jesus. (Omar did the teaching.)
Matthew 05.mp3 (Omar Yamout)
Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christ
Part 11 of 14
The Holy Spirit provides the church with diverse gifts and abilities. Each gift and each person is important to the whole.