By Rev Frank McKeown
I can remember when I was about nine or 10 years old, watching a film that vividly portrayed the death of Jesus Christ - the film was called ‘King of Kings’, maybe you have watched it.
I can remember the lump I had in my throat and the tears that rolled down my cheeks as I watched the soldiers pound those nails through our Lord`s flesh and as I heard the taunts of the mocking crowd. I did not become a Christian until I was 14 years old, but that film effected my life - it brought home to me the suffering of my Saviour on my behalf and all to make it possible for me to one day have my sins forgiven and have that certainty of Heaven.
The events that took place on Calvary those years ago brought from me an emotional response. It is important that our response to the crucifixion be more than merely emotional. The Cross should evoke from us two deliberate decisions. First, we must acknowledge that Christ’s death is our only basis for salvation from sin and accept Jesus as our Saviour. Second, we must devote ourselves to expressing our gratitude to God by an obedient and surrendered life.
A stirring of the emotions can be helpful when it leads us to renew our commitment to live a grateful, God-honouring life.
As Isaac Watts declared, the love God showed on Calvary is so great that it demands “My soul, my life, my all”.