I have been mourning for the loss of a great man for the past week. A man, who after seeing the failings of humanity and society, took the courage to step out, making self-sacrifices to serve the people he cared about. Through his work and that of his team, he has led his people out of misery, poverty and doom into a place of happiness, prosperity and progress. Like a modern day Moses, he opened the “Red Sea” of economics, democracy and equality to his people.
This week, I remember an even greater Man.
He personally came to fulfill a promise (Matthew 5:17). From the comfort of His divinity into the world of humanity (John 6:51). To reveal the loving Father God, the One who cares and heals; Who is slow to anger, always gracious and forgiving, especially with human weaknesses- sinners (John 14:6-7). He came not to be served but to serve His people (Matt. 20:28). To bring the Good News of the Kingdom of God, a reunion between God and His people to the nations (Luke 4:43). To proclaim that captives will be released, the blind will see, the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come to His people (Luke 4:18-19).
He did not come to condemn, punish or pass judgement but He came to save His people from the fallen world. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
Before achieving greatness, there is always a price to be paid. The prize is always determined by the self-sacrifices that has to be first made. Since it was paid by the very Son of God Himself, Jesus Christ, by His self-sacrifice on the cross, what kind of reward do you expect?
A redeemed eternity, no less.