“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
I am a man of faith. I am a man of God. I am a man who believes that God gave his Son, Jesus, so that I as a sinful person can have eternal life in spite of my sins. I have been granted Grace and Mercy because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Jesus sacrificed his life at the age of 33.
George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020. Mr. Floyd’s life was taken from him by four Minneapolis Police Officer. It was not a willing sacrifice, it was a senseless murder of a man who allegedly committed the crime of forgery by passing a $20 bill at a neighborhood store. Because of George Floyd’s death, we have been granted Grace and Mercy and the opportunity to have a new life in spite of our sins. George Floyd sacrificed his life for us. Let me explain.
Over the last few weeks, I have been feeling the pain of being a Black man. I have experienced sadness, fear, pain, sorrow, anger, confusion, Hope, hopelessness, etc. I have wondered why did George Floyd die such a violent death for all the world to see. Why was there such a senseless loss of life when he asked to be saved and asked for his mother to save him while on the hard pavement for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Why did George Floyd have to die in the Twin Cities I have called home for the last 28 years. I do not have an answer to this question, but I know George Floyd’s death/murder was a sacrifice for systemic change in the the world.
George’s life, similar to the son of God, was a sacrifice to save the world. Jesus died on the cross so that all sins would be forgiven and we will have everlasting life. I believe George died on 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis so that all sins would be exposed to the world and we will for the rest of our lives work to expose and end racism. Just like Jesus, George’s death was brutal and violent. It was senseless and cruel. Although he pled for his life to be spared it was not.
Three days after Jesus was killed on the cross, he rose again from the dead so that we would have everlasting life. Although George is not coming back from the dead, he is rejoicing in heaven. On the third day after his death his spirit rose and his memory and soul sparked civil protest not only in Minneapolis but throughout the world. Protests that keep going and invoking changes that will never allow us to be the same again.
We can be resurrected, we can be saved, we can change the world.
*written the week of George Floyd’s death.