Read : Mark 15 : 33 – 39 (Click here to read the passage)
The above given passage tells us about the death of Jesus Christ. Actually, Mark chapter 15 was part of my daily meditation during the Christmas days. The entire chapter denotes the death of Jesus on the cross.
During these readings, I was thinking to myself, ‘What am I reading? It is Christmas season and I am reading about the death of Jesus. I should be meditating on His birth!’ During those times of pondering I received an image from by friend (it is the featured image of this post, have a look at it). It said, “This is the Season; This is the Reason”. A portion of the picture which exemplifies the Christmas Tree says, ‘This is the Season’. The next portion of the picture which exemplifies the Crown of Thorns (which was put on Jesus’ head) says, ‘This is the Reason’.
This image opened my eyes. Yes, it is Christmas season. Yes, we are celebrating His birth but what was the purpose of His birth. If you are a person who is reading this for the first time. Let me tell you my dear friend. Jesus was born into this world to ‘die’. Yes, you read it right. He came into this world to ‘die’ for you and me.
He carried all our sins, sickness, shame and died on the Cross so that you and I may attain eternal life. So that you and I may have salvation. Read the 39th verse of the above given passage, “Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”. Yes, my dear friend. He is the Son of God who left His heavenly abode and came down to this earth to save me and you. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3 : 16).
If you believe in Him you also can attain eternal life and salvation for your souls because, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved” (Acts 4 : 12).
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Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all of you.