Journey to the Cross
Monday, February 28
Annelle Moore, a member of RPC since 2005
(Jesus) said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets". - Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby, lived life as a human, died on the cross, and ascended to Heaven. What a powerful story this is and there is no better time to contemplate the meaning of Jesus' life than during Lent. What stands out to me is Jesus' response to the Pharisees when they tried to test him by asking what the greatest commandment was. He responded with the first of the Ten Commandments, to love the Lord our God... and added that we shall love our neighbor as ourselves.
Whenever Jesus taught, whenever he healed, whenever he performed miracles, his love shone through to others. He did not concern himself with popularity, with political correctness, with station in life, with monetary gain. He did concern himself with the Word of God and with love for others, many of whom were needy and downtrodden.
These two commandments are a summary of Jesus' message as I see it and he lived his life on earth as a testament to this message. As I approach Lent this year, I am mindful of how to intentionally follow Christ through my love of the Lord and my neighbors. What can I do to praise the Lord through my acts of love for my fellow humans? What can I do to praise and thank the Lord for all the many gifts and blessings that He has bestowed upon me? I can intentionally study God's Word, pray, sing of God's blessings, do unto others as I would have them do to me, give to the less fortunate, be kind, be humble, be forgiving, and, consequently, grow in my relationship with Christ.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for your sacrifice here on earth and for the meaning of your life to serve as a lesson for our lives. In your holy name I pray, Amen