As we watch and pray waiting for the Resurrection, let us contemplate the meaning of the crucifixion.
I never understood the teaching that “Jesus died for our sins.”
Rather, I see him taking on all our fears and showing us how to conquer them. Yes, lose this life. Do not fear death. Let go of identifying with your physical form and you will discover a life greater than you imagined.
Jesus lived his teachings. He spoke the Word and he lives the Word.
He said, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)
The basic instinct to survive is strong within man and animal. All creatures fear death. Those who cling to this life on earth remain focused on this world, trapped by the restraints of flesh, blood and DNA. How many people limit their lives out of fear – afraid of persecution and death?
In a way, such people lose their real lives and become ghosts fighting to survive, though the battle always ends in defeat. After all, everything that has a beginning also has an end.
Death is only a transition, much the same as the child “dies” so an adult can come into being. Every stage of you journey on earth has been a series of deaths and resurrections. The physical form of a baby ends so a child can walk and the child then becomes an adult. And, when the adult dies, a new form emerges not of this earth.
Jesus died on the cross so Christ could emerge from the tomb.