“That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
We may ask ourselves, am I like that man?
As we reflect upon Good Friday and the prayers of the prophets, I’m reminded of these inspirational quotes and teachings from my prayers and sermons.
The Bible explains that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
Through the Old Testament into the New, the prophets foretold Jesus’ death. Through the coming Messiah, God sent the one would take the place for us because “He so loved the world.”
In Isaiah 53:3-5 we read, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
As Easter approaches, I’m reminded of my own purpose in life. How am I living? What role do I play in this life? We may convince ourselves that we are smart enough, good enough, or brave enough to run with the wolves, but it’s an illusion.
On Good Friday, we become witnesses to the greatest sacrifice there ever was. It’s the day that Christ died in atonement for our sins. He became the living sacrifice which offers us a bridge to our Heavenly Father.
Who are we that He would love us that much?
Jesus came for a purpose. He came to die so that we may live.
In this knowledge, I’m fully aware that we are all descendants from kings. We have to live this life in such a way that we stand up to be who we are in Christ. We each have a purpose in life; a reason for being.
As we enter this holy weekend and celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior, we can embrace His truth.
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:44-46)
Dwight L. Moody once said, “The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God. There must be light, else there could be no shadow. Jesus is the light. He has overcome death.”
For it is finished.