On the Sacrifice Of Christ To Save us All From Sin
“The Lord, though he was God, became man. He suffered for the sake of those who suffer, he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave; but he rose from the dead, and cried aloud:
“Who will contend with me? Let him confront me. I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves. Who has anything to say against me? I,” he said, “am the Christ; I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ.”
“Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you. I am your forgiveness. I am the Passover that brings salvation. I am the lamb who was immolated for you. I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light; I am your salvation and your king. I will bring you to the heights of heaven. With my own right hand I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.” Melito of Sardis, 2nd century church father
Who I think we can all agree, says it all a great deal better than I can! When we reach Passiontide I hope to deal in greater detail with Christ’s suffering on behalf of us “miserable offenders”. I do know that for many Christians, the very thought of the sufferings of the sinless Son of God on their behalf, is often very difficult. Accepting the unconditional love of God, when for most of us we feel unworthy of it, is probably by far one of the hardest things to accept in our coming to, and maintenance of our faith.
A prayer from the Book Of Common Prayer
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.