Why would you give your life for your faith? What is the value that makes sacrificing your life worthwhile? We all make sacrifices for causes that are important to us. We sacrifice our time and energy and resources to support people, causes, and events that are meaningful and important to us. But what would it take for us to sacrifice our life?
For the Christian martyrs, it was their belief that by being true to their faith, they would experience resurrected life in the world to come. They were being true to God and true to their highest values.
One of the key beliefs of Christianity is that there is more to existence than this earthly life, important as that is. There is something more, something beyond. That’s what the Resurrection of Jesus celebrates–that at the end of his life on earth, God raised him from death to a renewed life in a realm beyond ours, which we call heaven. And we are called to participate in that resurrected life.
This can be comforting knowledge, when we are face with the reality of death, either our own or that of a loved one. Whether in this life or the next, we are in good hands. We are in God’s hands. And that’s a good place to be.
“The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 145:14)