Jesus lived with more passion than anyone ever has. But the thing that drove him would be called morbid and depressing by most peopleâ€™s standards. You see, Jesus truly lived every moment of His life like He was dying. And Iâ€™m not talking about Tim McGraw style, Iâ€™m talking â€˜God style.â€™ Iâ€™m serious, gangâ€”Jesus talked about it from day one. Check this out:
â€œI am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.â€ John 10:11
Huh? Most of us wouldnâ€™t even think of it.
How about this:
â€œâ€¦the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:28
â€œFor this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritanceâ€”now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.â€ Hebrews 9:15
Sounds like dying was always part of the plan. If not, Jesus wouldnâ€™t have belabored the point so much with His thick headed followers. He reminded them of this simple truth all the time.
â€œFor the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago.â€ Mark 14:21
He even told them when it would happen and why it need to!
‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ “ Luke 24:7 and, â€œJesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.â€ Luke 18:31
There really are a lot of verses that talk about this uncomfortable subject. Jesus knew it was the only way. But hereâ€™s whatâ€™s so cool. Jesus teaches that to live this way is also the best way. You see, the world has a tranquilizing affect on each and everyone of us. If weâ€™re not careful we can go through life in a fog and actually spend it living a philosophy that was the polar opposite of the way Jesus lived.
That happens when we â€˜live like weâ€™re not dying.â€™
Well friends, I donâ€™t want to be the bearer of bad news, but you better sit down for this.
The death rate is still hovering around 100 percent ( I just checkedâ€”yep, 100%). You will die. We all will. â€œEvery man dies. But not every man truly lives.â€ William Wallace
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