Jesus’ Sacrifice and the Demands of Our Discipleship (Luke 9:18-26)

4 05 2008

Following is a passage from the gospel of Luke.  In it Jesus Christ is discussing the path of sacrifice that His ministry would soon take, i.e., how He would accomplish the substitutionary atonement for the sin of His chosen people, His elect, through the Cross (see verse 22).  Then after telling them of the sacrifice that would be required of Himself, He told them of the high commitment that would be required of them as His disciples (verse 23-26). 

As Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again to accomplish our salvation (our redemption from sin before a holy and just God), so we are called to live for Jesus in acknowledgement of what He accomplished for us.  At this stage in my life (54 years old this year), the issue before me is how to more completely love, honor and obey in all aspects of my life.  Before God I realize the need for a deeper, more complete surrender of my self, will, priorities, time and physical resources to His Lordship.  Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  May I live unto Him in a God-honoring manner!

Luke 9:18-26 (NASB)

(All underlinining, highlighting, etc. of added by my self to emphasize particular points in the text)

(18) And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?”

(19) They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”

(20) And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

(21) But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone,

(22) saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.

(23) And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

(24) For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.

(25) “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?

(26) “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

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