“the Father has sent the Son as Saviour of the world” 1 John 4:14
One of the great truth’s we are reminded of at this time of year is the willingness of Christ.
He was willing to leave the glories of heaven to live in this dark world. He was willing to take on the weakness of human flesh. He was willing to submit himself to parents, to His own law, to human government and of course to His heavenly Father. He willingly taught his disciples, although they were so frail, fickle and slow to understand.
It was not long before His face was set to go up to Jerusalem and there He willingly suffered false accusation and condemnation. He willingly suffered the beatings and the crown of thorns. He willingly carried His cross and allowed Himself to be nailed there. He willingly hung naked in the heat of the sun, mocked by the crowds and even forsaken by His heavenly Father.
Why? To give His life as a sacrifice to buy salvation for sinful men, women, boys and girls.
As the Bible says: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
In contrast, one of the many dark qualities of our sinful hearts is unwillingness. A heart unwilling to love God or to love one another. Our hearts are often unwilling to put ourselves out for others, perhaps even unwilling to own up when we are wrong.
A heart unwilling to humble itself in sorrow, confession and tears of repentance before Christ, who willingly offered Himself in the sinners place.
2000 years ago, as the Lord Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem, He said: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matt 23:37)
What about you? Have you cried out to God for mercy? Have you pleaded for forgiveness? Have you asked for a new heart, one willing to bow before Christ as your Lord and your Saviour?