It is said that history repeats itself, which has proven so, time and again.
Yet when it comes to the actual bloody Good Friday – the day
of the most perfect sacrifice, it happened only once in the history of the
world and can never be repeated again.
At the start of the world, i.e. at creation, because it was
of utmost importance, it was one of the first events that was foretold (which
was to occur in the world). Though long awaited, because it was perfect, it
would only occur once through, the entirety of the life of this world (and there was no need for an
additional sacrifice for man to be saved)!
Why was it perfect? Firstly because Jesus is God and is the
perfect unblemished lamb.
Yet the sacrifice was delivered to perfection, when God who
did the sacrificial act of dying in place of man, did so, by not only
Generously giving up His Holy life, but with the Greatest of offerings i.e.
excruciating pain, amidst BENEFACTORS who offered NO Thanks, but instead SEALED
Him to His death with unjust condemnation, while He breathed His last hours
amidst their taunting mockery!
With only one life, we too will only be on this earth just
once and never again can our lives be repeated on earth. We too can only give
once (sacrifice), and impact this world, in the way He calls us to.
When we suffer even after doing good, let us think of how we
are joining Him in delivering the Perfect Good Friday sacrifice!
With certain people, often while we do good for them, we are
misused. Moreover, the benefactor does not render any gratitude or in time gets
hardened and ensures he/she will not humble themselves, to let us feel
satisfied in receiving gratitude (after our repeated back breaking efforts for
Often, if we take it to the Lord, He reminds us to go the
extra mile (in doing still more for that soul – which is Far From Easy). Still
worse is sometimes being shocked with them turning wicked, by a new turn of
events, whereby we are attacked or even betrayed.
Thereafter in some instances, while going through this
unjust persecution, they mock us or seek more ways to ice the cake (of
suffering) with their final touches of misery.
The Master’s perfect Good Friday sacrifice was delivered to PERFECTION,
because He gave generously, He gave to the point it HAD TO HURT, Perfect
sacrifice demanded that HE HAD to receive NO thanks but rather, HAD TO BE
mocked by the same people who were not satisfied in torturing Him to no end.
When we go through such moments or even years of experience,
with one or two people, it may help to remember we are here only once on this
earth, and have only now to make our best contribution and when our sacrifices
make us suffer so undeservingly, it is because there is Perfection in that
sacrifice. Through our persecutors preposterous acts, we are delivering the
PERFECT sacrifice (with Jesus and like Him) – in this one lifetime of ours.
In the end, He is the victor and through Him, our lives will
be a victory for all eternity.