FROM THE PASTOR …
A sacrifice, by definition, is when you give up something you’d like to keep. On the Mount of Olives Jesus prayed, “‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’” (Luke 22:42) What followed was a betrayal, an arrest, a trial, and the crucifixion.
Through Jesus we see the ultimate sacrifice. His life was given so that we may receive forgiveness for sin and the gift of eternal life. “…we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) His “once for all” sacrifice for our sin is complete and final.
What we offer in return is the gift of our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God— this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1) We’re to give ourselves to God rather than the pleasures so many people in this world pursue.
During the Lenten season we’re mindful of the cross. Before the crucifixion Jesus said, “‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” (Luke 9:23) Kyle Idleman wrote: “To follow Jesus is a daily sacrifice. Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print— that’s a guarantee.” Let’s follow Jesus—daily!
Blessings! Pastor Ken