Back in 2002 the BBC broadcast a programme called Great Britons in which they listed the results of a poll to find the 100 greatest Britons in history. This made quite interesting viewing because it showed that there were men and women in history who, by their lives or work or example, often paved the way for us to live the lives and even enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today.
One of the memorable entries on this list for me was the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst who lead the movement to give women the vote in the early part of the 20th century. The programme also told the story of Emily Davison who, whilst attempting to highlight their cause, died when she threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913.
I was amazed at what these women went through in order to simply have the right to vote. Emily Davison, in particular, was an example of someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice for something she believed in. I don’t consider myself a political person, but when elections come around I remember these women and think that if they endured all that they did, to not vote myself diminishes what they sacrificed to give me.
Jesus, of course, paid the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. When we were separated from God by sin we had no ability to bridge the gap between us and God. Instead Jesus had to do it and, in dying, He gave us what we couldn’t get ourselves by any amount of effort on our part.
John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came for us to have life and have it abundantly. If we don’t take hold of everything he provided for us, every promise, every blessing, every provision, we are diminishing his great sacrifice and living our lives at a lower level than the one he intended for us.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Phil 3:12
Since Jesus endured the suffering that he did to free us from sin and to give us this abundant life, to not seize hold of what he died to give us dishonours and belittles what He went through.
Seek to live a life that honours Jesus’ sacrifice