The Gift of Love

Every year on Good Friday, Christians around the world commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. Even though it is a public holiday in most countries, it is a solemn one, almost like a funeral, devoid of any celebration or festivities.

Who is Jesus Christ and why do we commemorate his death every year?

This morning I was inspired to write a short post offering my perspective on this.

Jesus Christ

To me, Jesus was, and still is, the greatest healer of all time.

In his brief ministry spanning 3 years, his numerous miracles were probably what made him the most famous historical figure of all time. Such that even our modern calendar is dated after his death – 2020 A.D. (After the Death of Christ).

However, he did not need herbs, nor any medical training to heal anyone.

His ‘medicine’ was the spoken word and the faith of the individuals who needed healing.

That alone was enough to heal the blind, deaf, mute, and paralysed, cure lepers, cast out ‘demons’ from the mentally ill, and heal people of all kinds of sickness and afflictions. [1]

Additionally, it was recorded that he had control over nature as described by his supernatural feats of changing water into wine, walking on water, calming the storm, multiplying food to feed thousands and his transfiguration. [1]

Last and perhaps most astounding of all was his miracles of raising the dead – not once, but 3 times. Four, if you count his own resurrection. [1]

It must be noted that Jesus never attributed any of his miracles to himself.

He was often quoted as doing the will of his heavenly father.

The source of his miracles was a supernatural being. A father that saw Jesus as his Son and apparently ‘sacrificed’ him for the sake of humanity’s sins.

In the olden days, many cultures offered sacrifices in the form of animal sacrifices to ‘appease’ the Gods and ask for forgiveness of their sins. But that was meaningless if they went back to their old ways thereafter. More sacrifices would have to be made. And the cycle continues.

The will of Jesus’ father, God, was to break this cycle by offering his son, Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice such that there would not be any need for more sacrifices to be made.

He did not have to, but Jesus obeyed and submitted himself to much suffering and humiliation and eventually gave up his life so that we might repent and turn from our wayward ways.

What was his message?

“Love one another, as I have loved you.”

Jesus Christ

To me, this was his main message.

Do you know anyone who loves you so much that he would give up his life for you?

Jesus did.

And all he asks in return is that we love one another, as he loved us.

What is Love by the way?

Here is another famous quote from Paul, an apostle of Christ. [2]

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous,
[love] is not pompous,
it is not inflated,
it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13

In conclusion, there are many forms of healing and I believe Jesus came to offer Spiritual Healing. In obedience with his father’s heavenly will, he sacrificed his life for us so that we may realise our wrongdoings, ‘turn a new leaf’ and live his message of love.

This message of love is simple, pure and easy to understand and implement. It extends not just to our fellow human beings, but to everything we do and and everything around us.

This Good Friday (and every one to come), let us remember Jesus’ sacrifice and love for us and live in love of one another and our natural world.

Amen.


References

  1. Wikipedia. (2020). Miracles of Jesus. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles_of_Jesus#Cures_2
  2. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2020). 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13. Retrieved from http://www.usccb.org/bible/1corinthians13:12
  3. Image 1: Eustache Le Sueur. (first half of 17th century). Christ healing the Blind Man. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eustache_Le_Sueur_003.jpg
  4. Image 2: Giovanni Lanfranco. (between 1620 and 1623). Miracle of the Bread and Fish. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giovanni_Lanfranco_-_Miracle_of_the_Bread_and_Fish_-_WGA12454.jpg
  5. Image 3: Luca Giordano. (1675). Raising of Lazarus. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Luca_Giordano_-_Raising_of_Lazarus_-_WGA9010.jpg

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