John Wycliffe said, “Men mark the passion of Christ, and print it on their heart somewhat to follow it. It was the most voluntary passion that ever was suffered, and the most painful. It was most voluntary, and so most meritorious.”
And being found in appearance as a man, [Jesus] humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.
– Philippians 2:8 NASB
In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in our own needs and desires. John Wycliffe’s words should give us pause to really think about the voluntary and painful passion of Christ and to reflect on His love and sacrifice. We could all benefit from a deeper appreciation for the price that was paid for our redemption.
Jesus’ commendable sacrifice serves to inspire us to follow in His footsteps.
Through His sacrifice, Jesus paid the price for our sins, so that we could be reconciled to God and have eternal life. This is a gift beyond measure, one that we can never fully comprehend or repay, yet we can become used to it – or even take it for granted at times.
Although we can never fully understand the love the Father has for us, if we strive to let the passion of Christ be imprinted on our hearts, as Wycliffe suggests, then perhaps we might have a deeper revelation and appreciation for the gift of salvation and what it cost – not only Jesus – but the Father, as well.
Today’s One Thing
Ask God to help you to become even more deeply grateful for the gift of salvation that He has provided and to share His gift with others.