As I was driving to work this morning, the sacrifice of Jesus came to mind, and the way His sacrifice intertwines with our faith. As I reflected, also paying attention to my driving of course, I first thought about the first chapter in the Gospel of John. Although this entire chapter is pivotal to Christian faith, my attention turned to chapter 1, verse 9, “There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.” (Please also see Isaiah, 49.6.)
What does this passage have to do with salvation? Everything!
First, (without dredging up that awful reason salvation is necessary,) God sent His only begotten Son to show us all the way and means to the Kingdom of Heaven. God sacrificed His Son to all of us for this purpose, to guide us and lead us and affirm us back into His arms.
Secondly, Jesus made His Supreme Sacrifice. He walked among us, teaching us, healing us and showing us the way to wholeness; and this is our salvation.
Third, comes the most difficult of all. Jesus confirmed His commitment to all of us by relinquishing His earthly life and surrendering to the depravity that humankind had become.
Next comes the sacrifice of Resurrection. Jesus was home free, back in the arms of His Father, and yet He came back to us to demonstrate His love, devotion and forgiveness.
Lastly, and this may come as a surprise, our own genuine sacrifice for His sake. When we agree to turn our lives over to God, through Jesus Christ, we are also making a divine sacrifice of sorts. And often, as many of the brethren already dearly know, this is not always easy. When we agree to follow Jesus, we, too are sacrificing what we have come to know to what we will become, and know.
So it all comes full circle, and like “The Red Green Show “on PBS, “We are all in this together!” Have faith.