He died so we might live

John 17:1-3 1WHEN JESUS had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You. 2[Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent…..John 17:14-19 14I have given and delivered to them Your word (message) and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world [do not belong to the world], just as I am not of the world. 15I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. 18Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth.

Next Sunday is Easter Sunday. The day when we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This week I am reposting several devotionals from a couple of years ago, with a little bit added in, that talk about what Easter is truly all about. I pray that as you reflect this week on what Jesus did for us, you will be stirred to commit yourself to a greater level of relationship with Him. (P.S. We will be returning to our study on following Jesus next week )

Read this passage again, straight from the mouth of Jesus, as He was getting ready to be arrested, tortured and crucified. He says we are not of the world, just as He was not of the world. He asks that we be purified, separated, and set apart by God. I love what it says in verse 19- on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth. Jesus Himself also had to make the choice to dedicate His life. Matthew 26:38-39 finds Jesus in the Garden of Gesthemene 38Then He said to them, My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and keep awake and keep watch with Me. 39And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire. Knowing the torment He was going to endure, He asked His Father if there was any other way, but still He said Nevertheless, not what I desire, but what You desire. He had the choice, but He made the decision to consecrate His life on our behalf. Remember what we said consecrate means?- to dedicate somebody or something to a particular purpose. Jesus had a particular purpose, to die so that we could live. He didn’t give up, or turn away from His destiny, but He went through suffering we can’t even imagine so we could spend eternity with Him.

We too were created for a particular purpose- 1 Peter 1:16 For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. What do we have to give up to fulfill this destiny? Wrong friendships, mindsets, actions or words? In comparison to what Jesus gave up, everything else seems like a small price to pay. I encourage you today to read John 17 in it’s entirety. Get a glimpse of the love Jesus had, and still has for you. Then determine in your heart, that you will do whatever it takes to consecrate your life to Him.

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