Jesus Gives His Life for Others
Jesus did not come to be worshiped or exalted, but rather, to give His life in saving others.
His pathway led to everlasting life, glory and honor forever. Therefore, the life and actions of Jesus are our roadmap to finding everlasting life, glory and honor. The following scripture supports this proposition:
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:23-26)
Each one of us must ask ourselves: “What is our cross?” Going to the cross and sacrificing His life was the payment that Jesus made to redeem us from our sins. Ironically, giving up His life in this world guaranteed Him everlasting life in heaven. His death was required to achieve His mission. But death has no hold on anyone who gives up everything in achomplishing the will of the Father. As we know, Jesus was raised from the dead and then ascended into heaven where He lives forevermore at the right hand of the Father.
This is exactly the way it will be with us if we take the same course and lay down our lives to achieve the will of the Father. While this cross may be different for each of us, one thing is certain. Our mission will be in the service of others, and will help to establish, maintain or mature a relationship between the Father and the people of this earth.