Friday, March 23, 2012

Jesus Decided to Die For You

Today is an exceptionally busy day and it is a Friday so I will try to keep today brief.  In fact, I am basically going to steal something from Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones that I read last night.  Here is the Scripture:
And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.  John 17:19 NKJV
When we think about sanctification, we often think of separating ourselves to God or in becoming more holy or more righteous or more like Jesus.  Of course, none of these can apply.  Jesus was God and so separating himself to God implies He was somehow separate from God.  Jesus was perfect in every way so He certainly could not have been made more holy or righteous.  Jesus was, well, Jesus so He could not be making Himself more like Himself.  This leaves only one option.  What Jesus meant was that He was giving Himself entirely to the Father in submission to whatever He may do and not for His sake or even the Father's sake, but for our sakes.  In fact, this was part of Jesus's prayer in the garden before He was arrested.  

I do not think we pay enough attention to Jesus's prayer before He was arrested.  That is a shame because God shares with us a moment like no other.  We hear several times in Scripture about Jesus going off alone to pray, here we see what that prayer time was like.  We are given a window to witness the perfect communion of the Godhead as their heart for our sakes is revealed.  Here are Lord is praying for the trial to come.  Here our Lord is submitting Himself to suffering and dying for our sins.  It is easy to think of Jesus dying for the sins of the world, but much more difficult to imagine Jesus dying for your sins.  How often do we ponder the suffering of the Lord for what we have done?  How often do we sin and confess and realize that Jesus chose to die even for that so that we can have eternal life.  What we see in this verse is Jesus making that decision.  We see Jesus making that final decision to go through with the event that would change the world.  We see Jesus deciding not just for the world, but for you.  Jesus did die for our sins, but please take some time to understand that it was not just that Jesus died for your sins, but that Jesus decided to die for your sins.  I think when you take the time to consider that fact, you will gain a whole new appreciation for the price Jesus paid for you. 
And He said, "Abba, Father, all things [are] possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You [will]."  Mark 14:36 NKJV

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