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This article was written by Eric Porter as a 17 year old for a Christian writing competition.
What do I think of His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection? To me as a young Christian this question is of vital importance and demands my personal answer.
Tell me – Why should God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to whom sin is as far removed as day is from night, why should He be interested in a sinner like myself?
Why should His Son die in such agony and shame on the Cross, just for me? Why should the Creator of the universe suffer all this at the hands of men—at the hands of those he had brought into being?
The answer, to me, is contained in one word—that beautiful word, LOVE. The love of God was so boundless that He was prepared to send His Son to undergo all that Calvary meant, to save me from eternal death.
When Jesus was here His love was shown daily in the kind acts He performed and in the loving words He spoke. Think of the raising of Jairus’ daughter, the feeding of the five thousand, and the healing of the sick of the palsy. How He understood; how He forgave.
Oh, what love drew the blessed Saviour to the Garden of Gethsemane, to face the burden of the sins of the whole world. And yet although He knew of what lay ahead at Calvary He could pray, “Father, if it be possible remove this cup from me, NEVERTHELESS, not my will but thine be done.” What love led Him still further through Pilate’s Hall, through the scourging, the spitting and the mockery, right to the Cross of Calvary.
What is my response? Do I say with King Agrippa, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian”? No! A love such as the love of Jesus demands not “almost,” but complete surrender to Him who suffered there on Calvary’s Tree.
Yes, Christ has a claim on me.
Now at 88 years of age – 71 years after I wrote first these words – I reflect upon the grace of God. Maturity has proved to me the reality of Christ and Christian living.
Yes, Christ has a claim on me. What do you think of Christ?
P.S. Eric is giving the message at the Christmas Day service at the Moran Engadine Nursing Home (where his wife Lorraine resides). Please pray that both his preaching and the entire service will bring much glory to Christ and joy to residents and staff.