The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 3,4; Psalm 36; Mark 13
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 13:24-37
When you think of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, what comes to mind? Do you think of the images presented in movies such as The Passion of the Christ of Jesus being beaten? Do you think about the Roman officers spitting on Him and mocking Him? Do you think about the crown of thorns He was forced to wear, the nails that were driven into His hands and feet, or the sword that pierced His side? Do you think about His death and placement in the tomb and the three days He spent separated from God? For most of us, when we think about His sacrifice, these are the images that flood our minds. While all of these things are true and all of them are part of His sacrifice for us, they do not tell the whole story. If we look in bigger terms, Jesus sacrifice for us involved a lot more than just His crucifixion and death.
In today’s key passage, Jesus tells His disciples about the future. He speaks of the end times and about His return to glory, and tells His disciples (and us) not to be deceived by false teachers. Near the end of our passage, Jesus provides a warning to the disciples (and us) to remain watchful for Christ’s return. He says, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Note that He includes Himself here and says that even He does not know when the end will come. How can this be since Jesus and God are equal parts of the Holy Trinity? If the Father knows when this day will come, why does Jesus not know? The answers to these questions can be found in the sacrifice of Jesus.
We know from Scripture that Jesus was with the Father at creation. We read in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” Later, Jesus himself said, “I tell you the truth,…before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) Before He became a man, Jesus was with God in Heaven. He was with God watching the state of the world and was one with God. As part of this three-part Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit reigned supreme in the universe. The Trinity created all things and is sovereign over all things. When Jesus became a man, He voluntarily gave up his divine powers for a time. He gave up some of His abilities and attributes of being God so that He could be a man. When Jesus said that He did not know the time when the end would come, He was affirming His own humanity. He was confirming to us the sacrifice He made to become a man and take away our sins.
Never underestimate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He did not have to give up everything to come here and live as a man. He did not have to come here to be beaten, mocked, and killed. He did this – He made this sacrifice – out of love. Imagine if a man walked up to you today, handed you one million dollars, and told you that the money was a gift to you from someone that loves you. What would you think about that man? Jesus gave up so much more than we can possibly imagine just to provide us a way to have eternal life, and He did it simply because He loves us. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was not just for the greats either. It was not just for people like Moses, David, John, or Paul. Jesus sacrifice was for me, and Jesus sacrifice was for YOU. Jesus sacrificed everything to give YOU eternal life. Think about that today, and praise Him for His sacrifice.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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