Most(Czech for ‘The Bridge’) is a beautiful Oscar-nominated movie and winner of many prestigious film festivals. It tells the story of the close relationship between a bridge operator and his young son and the fateful day when both try to avoid an impending rail disaster.
Did you notice that the hundreds of passengers on that steam train were completely unaware of the danger as they proceeded towards an open drawbridge? They had no idea of the horrible decision and sacrifice this father had to make in order to save them.
That’s just like us. God the Father sacrifices His only Son and we are either unaware or unappreciative of the sacrifice. This heart-wrenching story that portrays the greatest measure of love, sacrifice, hope and forgiveness is a perfect metaphor for what the Father and Jesus did for you and me.
Jesus willingly gave His life for us.
It wasn’t Pontius Pilate or Judas or the crowd that sent Jesus to the cross.
It was all part of the plan to open the gates of heaven for us. Jesus chose to die so He could save us. And the Father, could have saved his son from that fate, but he knew it was in our best interest to let him die so He could accomplish His perfect mission.
Philippians 2: 3-11 says:
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of God the Father.
That, my friend, is the definition of Love.
Think about it for a second; the Very God, the Creator of the universe chose to humble Himself to become human. While on earth He taught us how to live and love.
Then He willingly laid down his life to die on the cross as the Perfect Lamb for our sins so that we could have eternal life and fellowship with Him in heaven.
In doing so, Jesus gave us the gift of eternal salvation, freedom from all strongholds, power to overcome any challenge, the peace that is beyond understanding, and the ability to have Him with us every moment of the day.
If you have accepted God's gift, you have the God of the universe that knows your name and cares about the big and the small of your life sealed within your heart with you every day.
What an incomparable gift!
So, what can you give Jesus in return? I think the answers are in verses 3-5 above. Humble yourself. Do nothing with selfish motives. Put others needs ahead of yours. Basically, learn to be and live more like Jesus every day. I don’t know about you, but if I just reflect a bit on what God has done for me, I could spend a lifetime thanking Him in these ways and it wouldn’t be enough.