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Christ Died for Us

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

Discussion

Nothing is free in this world. There is a price for everything.

Whatever we get free has actually been paid for by somebody. So when we enjoy or use something, we should remember the sacrifice or the price behind it and be thankful and grateful to the people for it.

"Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6). The death of Christ shows the love of God for humanity.

"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son" (John 3:16). He is the ransom for all the sins in the world. Ransom means rescue or redemption of any kind. All sins warrant death in Godís eyes. But the death of Jesus on the cross has saved us from death to life. This is true love.

"Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters" (1 John 3:16). This is the only way we can live and survive in joy, peace and love on this earth and the life after. We are in the midst of self-centeredness of me, mine and I, never yours. Can you believe the same spirit of God still works among the people to live for others and die for others without any quid pro quo or exchange of favours.

In 1941, Maximilian was arrested in Poland by the Nazis for harboring Jewish refugees. He was sent to Auschwitz. When a prisoner escaped, ten men were chosen to die an example, among them a married man with children. Maximilian volunteered to take his place. He was starved for 3 weeks and then executed. He was 47 years old .

"He Himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for" (1 Peter 2:24). It is worthwhile to live and die for others. There is happiness and reward for it. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).

Prayer

 Jesus, let us live for you because you died for us. Let us be healed from all our infirmities, defects and sins by your stripes. May those who believe and seek salvation and healings today be healed and saved. "By his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4). We pray for all who sacrifice their lives for others. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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