As we enter into this week before Easter, called Passion Week, I read what I believe is one of, if not the most profound and rich sections of Oswald Chambers’ famous devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. Living in a world where misguided terrorists regularly commit suicide, killing not only themselves but countless others along with them in a vain attempt to become “martyrs” for Allah, Chambers puts the death of Christ in perspective, standing in stark contrast not only to those mass murderers, but even those who willingly give their lives for others and the cause of Christ:
Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of hell. There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross— He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right-standing relationship with God. He made redemption the foundation of human life; that is, He made a way for every person to have fellowship with God.
As you turn your attention towards Easter Sunday, I encourage to read through and think about the depth of meaning in the cross of Christ as is communicated in this Chambers classic, The Collision of God and Sin.