An Excuse for Another, But Not for Me

The Savior was never too tired, too hungry, or too uncomfortable to help another.

This week in my Spanish class, we watched Don Quixote, Knight Errant (2002), a film adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel. Although the director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón took great liberty in reshaping the dialogue and storyline into a feasible movie, the message and style of the film remained true to the original book.

As we neared the end of the movie, I watched as Don Quixote meets his final foe, the Knight of the White Moon. As the Knight approaches, Quixote sits feebly on the shore of the beach, clearly wounded, out of breath, and bleeding from his forehead. His squire, Sancho Panza, crouches behind him, supporting him so that he will not collapse.

As if to talk him out of accepting the dual, Sancho tells Quixote, “Look, master, we’ve not rested nor dined, and it seems we’re not to breakfast either.”

In that moment, Don Quixote gathers his strength, sits up, and replies resolutely:

“The fatigue of traveling, the prolonged hunger, and the unknown territory might serve as an excuse for another, but not for me.”

As I heard those words, my thoughts were turned to the Savior Jesus Christ, who might have uttered those same words as he took upon Himself our sins in Gethsemane. Did He not have a reasonable excuse to stop the impending suffering?

He did, but instead he stated, “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

My heart was instantly filled with love for “He [who] gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind” (The Living Christ, 2000). The Savior was never too tired, too hungry, or too uncomfortable to help another. Often we sing in hymn,

His precious blood he freely spilt;
His life he freely gave,
A sinless sacrifice for guilt,
A dying world to save.
(Hymns, 195)

My friends, may we ever remember the great atoning sacrifice of our Savior that rescues us from our own Knights of the White Moon. As we remember and express gratitude for Him, we will draw closer to heaven and we will find great peace.

May we ever reverence Him through whom we receive our Salvation: the King of Kings, the Knight of Knights, the Savior of the World.

Cristian Torres

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