The Ultimate Sacrifice
I’m sure you’ve been in trouble before. I sure have.
Sometimes we get into trouble for the things we’ve done wrong.
Sometimes we get in trouble when we didn’t do anything wrong. Which is unfortunate.
But there are times when we as people allow ourselves to be in trouble in order to help someone else go free.
But this kind of thing is something we only do for our friends.
In the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus lets himself be arrested.
Before he is arrested, it is interesting that he says to his disciples:
“Greater love has no one than this: That they lay their life down for their friends” (John 15:13)
Jesus was willing to be arrested, put on trial, go to the cross, for us, even though he didn’t do anything wrong, because he considers us his friends. People he knows personally, values, likes to interact with, and wants to be free of the penalty of sin. He wants our friendship to go on, and he proved it to us.
May we all live our lives knowing that Jesus does what friends do and proved it in going to the cross for us.
Pastor Chris Mann