The Ultimate Act of Love
Sumigaw nang malakas si Jesus, “Ama, sa mga kamay mo’y ipinagkakatiwala ko ang aking espiritu!” At pagkasabi nito, nalagot ang kanyang hininga. Nang makita ng kapitan ng mga kawal ang nangyari, siya’y nagpuri sa Diyos na sinasabi, “Tunay ngang matuwid ang taong ito!” Maraming tao ang nagkakatipon doon at nanonood. Nang makita nila ang mga nangyari, umuwi silang lungkot na lungkot.
D.A. Carson wrote, “It was not nails that held Jesus to that wretched cross; it was his unqualified resolution, out of love for His Father, to do His Father’s will—and it was His love for sinners like me.”
All the events that led to Christ’s death on the cross show that He was an innocent victim of twisted justice in the Roman court, corrupt power of religious leaders, and failed love of His followers. Pero hindi helpless victim si Jesus. At the cross, theologian N.T. Wright wrote, “We find a God doing what no other God had ever dreamed of doing: coming to the place of human failure and brokenness to meet us right there.” He added that what Jesus did was “the ultimate act of love. Of God’s love.”
As we reflect on the death of Christ, may we look with awe at the generous, self-giving love of God for mankind. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Crucifixion is one of the most (if not the most) cruel and shameful forms of capital punishment. Tulad ng isang criminal, ipinako si Cristo sa krus, His broken body exposed to the public. The cross of Christ was a scandal to many. But on that same cross, God chose “to reveal His glory right there, the glory which is the glory of self-giving love” (N.T. Wright).
The cross of Christ is where God came to meet man. Wherever you are in your life journey now, no matter how dark or difficult it may be, may you discover the path that leads to the foot of the cross. And there you can meet the God who has loved you with an unconditional love.
Dear Jesus, with my whole heart, I thank You for Your great love for me.
Respond to God’s love in a letter, a poem, or a work of art. Put it where you’ll see it every day.