Christ died for us; He requires that
we, also, die for Him. Before, it was difficult to die for someone,
even if he is a loved one. But with the death of Christ, the sting
of death was removed. It was His Resurrection that removed the
The message of Passion Week is that
we have a task and a corresponding reward. Our task is to deny
ourselves and lay down our lives in the service of God; our reward
is our own resurrection.
All men are to suffer; but a few
are chosen to suffer for Christ. All men are destined to die; but
only a few are selected to die for Christ. The rest are called to
live godly lives.
All who die for Christ have paid
back what was spent for them. We can pay because, by His death, He
gave us the means to pay. Christ gave His life for us; we give up
our lives for Christ.
The Jews did not kill Jesus. It was
God who decreed where and when Christ would die. The Jews merely
committed the sin. Christ had the power to lay it down and to take
it up. "Nobody can take it away from me." The Jews
exhibited sin, not power.
The Resurrection is a covenant. As
God, Christ could not die. So, He took death from us. As man, we
could not live: so we took life from Him. It is a bargain; Christ
gave us something, we give Him something. From us, He received
death; from Him we received life.