“But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we can know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
1 John 2:5-6
As the stone rolled back and Jesus’ earthly body was resurrected, a great victory took place, both on this earth and in the Heavenly realms. The angels celebrated, humanity celebrated and we too now celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Our commission on this earth is to simply live as Christ did, and make His Name known among the world. Christ lived to serve others. He lived to show God’s love, grace and compassion to all, even to those who hated Him. He lived to bring healing to the sick, the burdened, the lost, the spiritually oppressed and the marginalised. Yet above all, He came to make a way that we can receive forgiveness from our sins, through His substitutional sacrifice for us. In other words, He took our place on the cross.
It is because of what Jesus did on the cross that we too can live for Him, obey His word and replicate His loving, kind and compassionate deeds on this earth. Yes there will be times when we slip up and fall very short of the standard of living Jesus set, but as it says in the beginning of John’s letter in verse 1 and 2 “if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ…..the sacrifice that atones for our sins – not only our sins but the sins of the world.” Friends may we show how much we love Christ by living for Him, reflecting His character in our schools, homes, work and communities. Let us live for Jesus, turn away from our sins and keep our eyes fixed on Him.