A Loving Sacrifice – by Fran Harvonen

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Exemple

This time of year is full of sorrow, then joy as we remember the passion and victory of Christ. For fellow believers, Christmas is for the perpetual child in us and is celebrated by many unbelievers. But Easter is the truly Christian passage, for it contains great sorrow. We are continuing Lent, which leads us to anticipate ‘Good’ Friday. As much as we have chosen to let go of some selfish habits that hinder our relationship with Christ Jesus and the Father—that amount of sacrifice can help us to comprehend the depths of suffering Christ accepted to fulfill the prophets and the Father’s will. His crucifixion was the passion (passio in Latin and Greek means suffering). In the first century Roman Empire, it was deemed by all to be humiliating, but Jesus transformed it by his humble demeanour when being condemned and mocked.

For me, one key motive of this act is from John 14:12-13, when Jesus said to the 12: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” This loving sacrifice transforms his suffering death by becoming the amazing resurrection of Easter Sunday. As much as we have sacrificed selfish desires in our lives—only that much—can we comprehend the joy of his resurrection. The greater meaning of this was then revealed to the Apostles: the redemption of believers! Rejoice, he is risen indeed!

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