Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 ESV
Jesus spoke 7 times when He was hung on The Tree of LIE: If we truly want to LIVE like CHRIST, we might want to consider HOW HE DIED- and follow that example toward EVERLASTING LIFE! He started with FORGIVENESS and HE ENDED BY COMMITTING Heart, Body and Soul (HBS)- everything He had! Jesus told us He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. He was incarnated so He could become a curse, so that those who BELIEVE IN HIM, shall have HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS before God the Father. (Gal 3:13) He became sin, who KNEW NO SIN, so that we can become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of CHRIST! (2 Cor 5:21)
Leader; the very first prayer of Jesus on the cross, was NOT for Himself, or for His friends, or His family- but it was for those who were beating Him, ridiculing Him- crucifying Him. Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Of All the attributes of God, Mercy and Forgiveness are most defining of our God. We are never more like Christ than when we forgive! Ruth Graham once said, “All good marriages are made up of 2 good forgivers. Just like God, let’s start with FORGIVENESS! Luke 23:43, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” No matter how screwed up our life, our past our UP UNTIL NOW, HE is the MASTER OF NEW BEGINNINGS! If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart that He is risen, YOU SHALL BE SAVED! (Romans 10:9) Also see 2 Cor 5:17. John 19:26-27, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He *said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” He HONORED His Mother- the only commandment with a blessing tied to it- and He put others concerns and needs above HIS own! The First is last and the last first! (Matthew 20:15-16)
Conduit, Matt. 27:46, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” He showed He had fears and doubts and showed us, we can CRY OUT to God with our concerns. John 19:28, “I am thirsty.” He wanted more than this WORLD had to offer, he thirsted for something that was NOT of this world! John 19:30, “It is finished!” He lived HIS life and DEATH with His Mission before Him at all times- He never got distracted. Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” This is what is lacking from MOST who call themselves FOLLOWERS of the Christ: ALL IN! Have you committed your LIFE into the HANDS of your GOD? Today, COMMIT to LAYING IT ALL DOWN- everything you have, everything you want and need and everything you DESIRE into the hands of GOD! Heart, Body and Soul. Give it all to the ONE who gave IT ALL, and did it all!