I was watching Sherlock Season 4, and a line stuck out to me. One of the main characters sacrifices their life to save Sherlock. He couldn’t process it, at one point saying, “In saving my life Mary imparted value on it. I don’t know how to deal with that.”
Isn’t that what the cross is like?
The Desire for Value and Meaning
We want to have meaning, to be valued. Some chase a career for it, rising to the top as fast as possible, only to be forgotten just as fast. Other’s instead of achievement, buy stuff to impress others, all the while projecting a shallow pride. No one is really impressed.
Then what I see most, and closer to the truth, is searching for meaning in relationships. A new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes their world. Yet, because they expect so much out of them, they kill the relationship, draining it dry. It cannot meet every need.
Insecure. Unable to find meaning, no one to value you, it all seems meaningless. I tell you, that you are valued. The cross proves it.
The Value From The Cross
The King of Creation stepped out of glory and became a man with all of our weaknesses. For you. (John 1:1-18)
He bridged the gap between Heaven and Earth, pointing the way back to Heaven. For you. (John 3:13)
By creating you, he gave you value. By dying for you, enabling you to enter into a fulfilling relationship with him, he proved just how valuable you are to him. (John 3:16)
He has everything and left it for you to have a chance to enjoy the same relationship the Trinity has. When he rose again, he showed that your life has eternal value. That this isn’t the end.
Let’s change the quote and provide an answer.
“In saving my life, Jesus imparted value on it. I don’t know how to deal with it.”
Accept it as the gift it is, don’t waste it. To do so betrays how little value you place on his life. Accept it.