What did Jesus actually accomplish? He claimed to bring peace, and yet our world is still ravaged by war. He claimed to bring life, and we’re still dying down here. What did Jesus bring to the world? This question was posed to Pope Benedict XVI by a non-Christian friend, and the Pope’s response was very simple. Jesus brought God. Being fully God and fully man, Jesus enters into every corner and every dark, scary place that we could ever find ourselves in. Now even death itself is known and experienced by God. No matter where we are, we have a God who’s been there.
The message of the cross is that we are pursued endlessly by Love that will stop at nothing. So desperately does the Father desire to rescue us that He would send His only Son, His very heart, to save us from sin and death. It sounds like a great idea, but do we really believe it? Is Good Friday just another story from a long time ago, or have you experienced the reality of God’s presence in the midst of suffering and loneliness? What is one step in Christ’s journey to Calvary that stands out to you and speaks loudly of God’s love for us?
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4 Ways to Take This Offline
- Spend 5 minutes in prayer today, reflecting on just one of the sufferings Jesus endured for us
- Share today’s video on social media or send it to someone via text or email
- In the next few days, seek out someone you know who is struggling or lonely.
- Make time Spend time tomorrow, Holy Saturday, praying and reflecting on how God has brought life and hope into your own life.
About our Speaker:
Brian Kissinger lives in the foothills of the Alps, where he is the Director of Student Life for Franciscan University’s Austrian Program. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel, and he emphasizes a message of hope in a culture that has lost its sense of purpose. More importantly, Brian is married to the girl of his dreams, Courtney, and they have been blessed with 2 kids (Ellie and Brian Francis). But most importantly, Brian has known Andy Lesnefsky for the past 16 years.