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Why does Jesus challenge us to self-sacrifice?

Why does Jesus challenge us to self-sacrifice?

Jesus is challenging me. This is tough.

Am I willing to give up everything, including my life for King Jesus? Am I?

Jesus is clear. Jesus is really clear.

Am I ready to go the cross?

Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God. Jesus | Luke 9:23-27

Take up your cross and follow Me” means being willing to die in order to follow Jesus. This is called “dying to self.” It’s a call to absolute surrender. After each time Jesus commanded cross bearing, He said, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:24-25 – ESV). Although the call is tough, the reward is matchless.

This is the essential issue we all face when we encounter Jesus.

  • Jesus spoke repeatedly to His disciples about taking up their cross (an instrument of death) and following Him. He made it clear that if any would follow Him, they must deny themselves, which means giving up their lives — spiritually, symbolically, and even physically, if necessary.
  • This was a prerequisite for being a follower of the Messiah, who proclaimed that trying to save our earthly lives would result in our losing our lives in the kingdom. But those who would give up their lives for His sake would find eternal life (Matthew 16:24–25; Mark 8:34–35). Indeed, Jesus even went so far as to say that those who are unwilling to sacrifice their lives for Him cannot be His disciples (Luke 14:27).
  • Again, am I ready? Will I do that today?

The flip side of this the promise, if I lose my life, I will find it in obedience to Jesus. Jesus is life. In Jesus, I have abundant and mature life. Now that is some good news.

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Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν

Translation: Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Is Jesus upset?

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Jesus sounds upset. The day before he went through an amazing experience. We call it the transfiguration.  

“While He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.” God spoke to Him saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” Luke 9

To top things off, Peter, James and John had no clue what was going on. 

When Jesus said “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you?”, Jesus knew exactly how much longer He would be here. It would not be much longer. Jesus is going to complete every task His Heavenly Father has given. But still, there isn’t much time left. Tick tock, tick tock!

Who is in the drivers seat?

Jesus challenges us to live life with Him in charge. Now that is tough because we all like to be in control.

We may pretend we don’t but we know it is true. Jesus knows it is true. This is a very big thing. Will we let Jesus be the Master of our lives? Will we become a slave? Will we acknowledge that Jesus is King of God’s country.

Jesus is waiting for an answer.

We can’t fake it with Him. Jesus knows us down to our core.

So … Jesus looks us in the eye, pauses and says …

“You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am.” ~Jesus

Luke 9:24 The Message

This is the main thing about the main thing. Following Jesus means letting Jesus drive the car. Jesus gets to go where He wants to go. We must stop when Jesus stops and go when Jesus goes.

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Radical Sayings of Jesus

Why don’t our faithless solutions allow God to shine through?

Jesus feeds 5,000

Jesus feeds 5,000

Jesus challenges us. It had been a long day. It was beginning to get late.

His disciples came to him and said to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out in the middle of nowhere.”

You feed them, he challenged them.

They came to him with a problem and a simple solution. They knew they couldn’t feed them because there were close to 5,000 men and there was no food. No one was prepared to be there so long with Jesus.

They also should have known that God can provide food when there is none. They had been around Jesus long enough to know this. Our faithless solutions don’t allow God to shine through.

And so … Jesus challenges us to seek God first, don’t depend on our own solutions even when we have one and let Him shine through.

God has a goal for us. It is to trust Him and not ourselves.

“You feed them,” Jesus said. (Luke 9:13)



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