Why the Cross Matters When Tragedy Hits
Our post today honours the faith and life of Toby and Milly Savill, friends and supporters of More Precious who tragically lost their lives earlier this week. We share Milly's words with permission from her family
Good Friday Hope
Today we celebrate Good Friday. A day of sacrifice. A reminder that we have been bought with a price. The promise that we have hope beyond this lifetime.
Good Friday was the day that Jesus went to the cross, and died for the sins of the world. The blameless son of God suffered a horrifically painful death, and experienced the excruciating pain of separation from his Father. The only man who ever lived a fully perfect and sinless life did this so that he might take all of our shame and guilt on himself.
God’s love for us is so great, that He sent his perfect son to the most terrible death, that even Jesus himself didn't want to endure, so that we might be fully reconciled to God and can be called his daughters.
The amazing truth of the Cross is that when God looks at us now, he doesn't look at our sin and shame. Instead, he sees us as perfect because Jesus already paid the price for our sin.
Why the cross matters in the face of tragedy
When tragedy hits and our world is shaken, we have to return to the core hope of the gospel that sustains us through every storm of this life. We have to remember that Jesus paid the price so that we can hope in eternal life.
Last week, we lost our dear friends Toby and Milly Savill, who were huge supporters of More Precious and shared our vision of encouraging others to live out their faith. While their lives have tragically been cut short, their impact will be long-lasting. They were courageous, distinctive, loving and modelled what it looked like to live a life shaped by hope in Jesus.
Just like Toby and Milly believed: even in times of sorrow and grief, we can hold firm to the Good Friday hope that Sunday is coming.
We wanted to finish with some words that Milly wrote about her faith and the unshakeable hope she had in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we reflect on what Good Friday really means for us as Christians, we can be certain that the promise of eternal life still stands. Like Milly, we can face death without fear, because the price has been paid.
Hope beyond this lifetime
Words written by Milly in 2015-16 for More Precious and the St John’s College Durham Christian Union
“Last May my Grandad died, and whilst this was of course very sad, I am so grateful for the time I had with him on the afternoon he died. All he wanted to talk about was what Christ had done for him and the importance of living a life in right relationship with God. Grandad was certain in the hope that he had in Jesus Christ, that his sins had been paid for and that he was soon to be with Christ in heaven. I realised that this was how I wanted to meet death. Not in fear or guilt but in dignity, in peace and in assurance that I was going to be raised with Christ in glory.
How wonderful it is that ‘God demonstrates his own love for us in this: ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’. God paid a high price for me, and so I can say with certainty, like my Grandad, and like the apostle Paul, that ‘for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’.”