The Passion of Christ

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It’s hard to find absolutes in todays relativistic world. Most things now are relative, how can one be totally certain of something? Can one still find an idea or premise that’s completely, totally and absolutely true?

I was listening to a talk by Ravi Zacharias and he tackled this topic beautifully. According to Mr. Zaharias, there are 4 absolutes in todays relativistic world.

Justice. We are always talking about justice. What’s right. What should be done. What we deserve. It doesn’t matter what our religion or citizenship is. We all want justice for ourselves, for others.
To define real evil. Evil can take on many view points. What’s evil from where I’m standing may be different from yours. What is the true definition of evil?
Love. The most important thing in the world that knows no boundaries is love. We are all capable of it and we all want to give and receive it.
Forgiveness. We all need and are capable of giving forgiveness.

What struck me the most was when Mr. Zacharias emphasized that the one place in the world where these four converge is on a hill called Calvary on the cross of Christ.

I just finished watching the Passion of Christ with our Friday Dgroup. It was painful to watch the extent of the suffering our Lord had to go through to save us from our sins. At the same time, it was also humbling to know the extent of Christ’s love for us. Growing up I’ve known that my God died for me. But it’s different to really “know” that he died for me.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8

This is where the importance of having a bible study group comes in. At CCF we call it Discipleship Group or Dgroup. Having a group that I’m accountable to helps keep me on track. They help me build my spiritual muscle so that when it’s crunch time, then I am better able to stand against the weight of temptation. The devil knows where our weak points are. We need to equip ourselves and get all the help we can to stand strong.It’s easy to judge the Pharisees and the people who crucified Christ. But as Mr. Zacharias put it, “The human heart is capable of the most extreme things when untamed and ungoverned. The problem is not merely moral, it is spiritual.”

The centerpiece of the gospel is the cross of Christ. We need to remind ourselves daily of what Jesus had to go through to save us from our sins. The truth is God loves us, and it’s because of this love, that he died to set us free. But we cannot be set free, we won’t be saved, if we don’t accept Christ as our Lord and saviour. It’s a choice that each of us are given the privilege to make.

Free will, though it makes evil possible, is the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automa- of creatures that worked like machines-would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for his higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared to with which the most rapturous love between a man and woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free. Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently he thought it worth the risk.

-C.S Lewis

What about you? How does the crucifixion of Christ affect you?

As for me, it humbled me for he died for me, a sinner. I’ve accepted Christ and by His grace, I’m now free.

Accepting Christ is your personal choice. I hope, for your sake, you make the right choice.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

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