Jesus, the Christ, was born;
Jesus, the Christ, lived and taught;
Jesus, the Christ, was crucified;
Jesus, the Christ, was raised from the dead; and
Jesus, the Christ, shared the Holy Spirit.
Through God’s graciousness, we have been saved from aimless living and death. God’s graciousness has shown us the way, the truth, and the life. God’s graciousness through Jesus, the Christ, has done all this for our salvation.
Now that we are saved, it is up to us to figure out how to put God’s graciousness into action through our daily living. This is what St. Paul wanted to convey in his writing to the first century congregation in Phillippi, Turkey. He wrote:
God is at work in you.., work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
We tremble, not because of our salvation; we tremble because of the tremendous responsibility that is ours; we tremble because out task is to share the graciousness of God with others.