Do you wonder why we commemorate Jesus’ death during Holy Week?
What does it mean for the world?
Is it still relevant today?
Every year, Christians commemorate Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection during Lenten Season, commonly known as Holy Week.
It is a time of reflection on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who came down from the heavens and freely gave His life to bear the sins of the world.
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
God created earth and man. However, mankind rebelled against Him. As a result, sin and death entered the world.
As the perfect Judge, overlooking sins would make Him unjust. Thus, death became man’s consequence (Romans 6:23), and even good works would not suffice to make up for wrongs against Him. Everyone deserved death because of sin – the boundary and eternal separation between God and men.
But the Good News is that God loves the world, that we may ask for His forgiveness and receive everlasting life through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life.” No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6). By saying this, Jesus has declared that mankind may be saved from the eternal separation from God through believing in Him, as one’s Lord and Savior.
Jesus Christ is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given for the salvation of mankind (Acts 4:12).
God declared that “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22), but through the shedding of the precious blood of His holy Son, redemption for the world is provided. Sinless Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for our sins (1 Peter 1:19).
He promised that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but they will have eternal life (John 3:16). They are accepted, cleansed, and accounted righteous before God. Saved by grace, through faith in Jesus—not by good works.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
To commemorate Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, here are 3 things to reflect on during this Holy Week:
1. Jesus died on the cross for you
Jesus is the Son of the living God. He is heaven’s perfect lamb for the sins of the world. He willingly gave his sinless life to save you from sin and death (1 Peter 3:18). Through faith in His name, you may be saved and receive everlasting life in His kingdom.
This is the Good News – He died for you so that you may have life in Him. Through God’s grace, salvation is given to mankind as a gift through Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2. Jesus has already trampled death and grave
Jesus Christ’s victory over death means that those who believe in Him have also been granted victory over death! (2 Timothy 1:10).
It is God’s promise for you. You will never be separated from His love – not even death can take away God’s love for you. In Jesus Christ, death and grave have no power anymore! (Romans 8:37-39).
3. Receiving Christ means having eternal life
When you receive Christ into your life, it means that you trust that He already paid for all your sins through His death on the cross, and He will reward you with everlasting life in His heavenly kingdom. He will surely guide you through the Holy Spirit as you embark on your journey of being His follower (John 14:26).
You can look to Him as your loving father, a faithful friend. Even though you are not perfect and there will be times that you may stumble, the Holy Spirit will draw you to repentance so that your close fellowship with God is restored (Psalm 51:7).
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