the view from the cross
“I want you to remember this...” —1 Corinthians 10:1
When you’re talking with Jesus, it seems like He’s always changing the subject to repentance. You might mention how tragic the most recent natural disaster was (see Lk 13:4). Jesus maneuvers the conversation to our need to reform (see Lk 13:4-5). You might mention to Him how pretty your Church building looks (see Mk 13:1ff). But Jesus turns the conversation into the need to be watchful and on guard against tragedy and sin. You’re hard at work, and Jesus talks about reforming your life (Mt 4:17). Why is repentance always on the tip of His tongue?
To answer this question, try to put yourself into Jesus’ sandals. Imagine walking around for at least three years knowing that you would stretch out your hands and have them nailed to a cross so that others would repent. Picture yourself tied to a pillar and being cruelly whipped until you pass out — to pay the penalty for other people’s sins. Imagine hanging in excruciating agony in place of people who could care less whether they sin or not. Now imagine having a heart of passionate love for each person who has no interest in repentance. You’re getting a glimpse of Jesus’ perspective on the importance of repentance.
If you had to suffer all this, you’d change the subject too. You wouldn’t want even one person to lose their soul if you had suffered that much so they could be saved. Be like Jesus and “proclaim this theme: ‘Reform your lives!’ ” (Mt 4:17)
Prayer: Jesus, may Your death never be in vain for anyone. I will spend my life leading others to You and to repentance.
Promise: “He pardons all your iniquities; He heals all your ills.” —Ps 103:3
Praise: St. Paul told us “that the Messiah must suffer, and that, as the first to rise from the dead, He will proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles” (Acts 26:23). Praise Jesus!
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
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