Spare a thought for the South Africans who lost to Japan and wrote in their national newspaper the Die Rapport: “the darkest day in South African history.” Before we start to glee in their downfall and using the biblical analogy of David and Goliath; we ought to remind ourselves of Jesus on the cross. This was actually the darkest day in history. Not just for South Africa, but for the whole world. The Gospel writer Matthew (Ch27 v45) gives attention to the three hours of darkness in the last moments of the crucifixion. The darkest valley of all times; expressed through nature and affirmed in the desperate loneliness of Jesus hanging on the cross.
As all four Gospel writers deliberately draw attention and focus to the crucifixion; we must not skip too quickly to the resurrection. Victory would not come unless Father God gave up His only Son to the death and torture of the cross. Therefore every victory dance for the followers of Christ has its origin from the cross. It is at the cross where our penalty was paid. Andy Bannister claims; “at Calvary the worst of man met the best of God.” This is not just the Easter story; this is the gospel for daily living for us who follow Christ.
As we continue to explore the outworking of this amazing Agape love (1Corinthians 13); we would do well to remember the foundation is on Christ himself. Agape love is where others become more important than self; demonstrated at the cross. Jesus himself claims; “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
1 Corinthians 13 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.