March 22nd 2010

Life Through Death

“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may have it back again.  No one can take my life from me.  I sacrifice it voluntarily.  For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.  For this is what my Father has commanded.”

John 10:17-18 (NLT)

The Father loved Jesus because He was willing to lay His life down, in order that he might take it up again.   In 1 Corinthians 15:36, Paul says seed you sow does not come to life unless it dies.  If you think about it, that makes so much sense.  Life only comes to something that is dead.  If you want life in Christ you must die to your old self.  Ephesians 4:20-24 and Colossians 3:9-10 talk about the new self that you now have in Christ.  Romans 8:13 tells you that if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if through the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.   In John 10:10 Jesus says,  “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”

Christ has come so that we have life, but if we don’t lay down our own life how can we receive the life He has for us?   When we die to ourselves and give all that we have to Christ, then we can live the abundant life that He has promised us.   Paul states in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”   In order for our life to be for Christ we must be dead to everything else.  Emotions, or other people’s opinions, or philosophies cannot drive our life alone, but Christ and Christ alone should be the reason we live.

Notice that the very beginning of the verse above (John 10:17) says, “for this reason the Father loves me.”   It was pleasing to the Father that Jesus lay down his life for us and all that Jesus did he did by way of an example.  Now, granted we, as Christians, know we are saved by grace, but I want to do whatever I can to tell the Lord that I love him, not with words only but with actions.  To lay all that we have at the feet of the Saviour is the most incredible act of worship that we can offer.  He gave his all and asks that we give our all, everything that we are and have.

Let’s strive to die to the self that we might live to Christ.

Prayer

Father, as best as I know how, I offer my life to you today. Take first place in everything, and may my life be pleasing to you.  In Jesus name.

Amen 

Study by Fraser Murdoch

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