2. It is made possible by the sacrifice of Christ
Every year at the end of what is called the Lent Season, we remember the sacrifice of Christ. On Good Friday His death, and on Easter Sunday, we celebrate His resurrection. This week is important for Christians because it brings to our memory the sacrifice of Jesus and His victory over death. It is this sacrifice that Christian churches celebrate every week during communion. This shows us how important is the sacrifice of Christ.
There is no Christian life without the sacrifice of Christ. Our Christian life began in eternity with God’s plan, but it was made possible by the sacrifice of Christ. Without His blood shed for us we would not be able to approach God’s presence and have fellowship with Him. We are all sinners, in need of redemption, and that was done by Jesus on the cross. This is what the apostle Peter tells us in his letter: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1Pet. 1:18-19.”
The blood is not only important for our redemption, but also for our daily fellowship with God. It is through the sacrifice of Jesus that we have access to God’s presence on a daily basis. This is what we find in the letter to the Hebrews: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, Hebrews 10:19-20.” Every time that we go to the presence of God to worship, praise, and pray, we have access to His presence, not because of a special ceremony or liturgy, right words, or our good deeds. We are accepted in God’s presence because of the sacrifice of Jesus. God will receive us based on what Jesus did for us on the cross.
As you can see every segment of our Christian life is made possible by the sacrifice of Christ. Without that there is no Christian life at all. So when you celebrate Holy Week, Communion, or any other aspect of your Christianity, remember that Jesus paid a very high price for it. The apostle Peter called the “precious blood of Christ”, and indeed it is precious blood shed for you and for me.
Have a blessed week,