Journey to the Cross
Tuesday, March 15
Steven Clements, RPC college student and member of RPC since 2011
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. - 2 Corinthians 8:9
For me personally, I've always struggled to comprehend what exactly Jesus' coming truly signifies. The idea of Easter and everything it stands for is such a big concept that it makes sense why some people are never able to fully believe the story we hear every year. But out of the whole picture of Jesus' life, what is the most significant? What story would I get up and tell at Jesus' funeral? Is it even a question worth asking?
Recently, I began a semester abroad in Metz, France, during which I have been and will be doing a lot of traveling across Europe. One of my recent trips took me to Cologne, Germany. As my friends and I exited the train station, we were immediately in the shadow of the Kolner Dom, which is the massive Cathedral that towers some 500 feet above the city. Both the outside and inside are covered with hundreds of unique figurines, golden chests, prayer monuments, thousands of stained glass window panes, and everything else you could think of.
In the presence of such a monument to Christ, it's hard not to feel a bit moved. However, after taking a step back from the awe of this place, I noticed the single homeless woman sitting on the front steps. Right then it became clear exactly what of Jesus' life means most to me. Thousands of tourists passed her by without a thought, and yet if the man to whom this entire place was dedicated to was there, he would have likely gone straight to her before anyone else. In his eyes, she is worth as much as the Cardinals who preside over this Cathedral, or any of the tourists wandering about, or any of us.
The passage from 2 Corinthians basically sums up what makes the life of Christ so unbelievable. Being able to show that kind of compassion to others, in whatever situation, is exactly how I strive to live as a Christian man.
God, I pray that we can seek the compassion that your son was able to show all of us in our everyday lives. Amen