TOWARD THE CROSS—Luke 17:20-37
“Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it and whoever loses their life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33).
As this season of LENT continues, we come closer and closer to the dangerous CROSS. We realize that Jesus Christ paid an enormous price for our SALVATION. And he did it so willingly as he “resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:5). As the anointed one, (Messiah) Jesus was obedient to the Father.
As our chief Prophet, Jesus revealed to us the will of God concerning our salvation. As our only High Priest, the one sacrifice of his body paid the penalty for our sins. And today, as our eternal King, he governs us through his WORD and SPIRIT, always defending and preserving us for the work of the KINGDOM.
God calls us to join in his Holy work as prophets, priests and rulers, serving the KING. We too are anointed and share in his grand work of redeeming LOVE.
As we worship, pray, and share his good news and bring blessing to others, we grow nearer to God and help to bring others into his presence.
The words of Jesus in today’s verse remind us that, if we shy away from the things of God’s Kingdom, we will miss out on the full life God intends for us. If we accept and embrace our SPIRIT-LED and true identity, we will experience everlasting life in Jesus Christ. As we proceed toward becoming more like Christ, we may lose our life as we know it, but will gain so much more—ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM.
Thank You, LORD, for a new life in CHRIST. May I live to the glory and majesty of the true Prophet, Priest and King, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Barb Hofmeister, elder