Laying Down Our Lives: Lessons From The Life of Jesus —Our Resurrected King!

During Holy Week, we can learn a great deal from Jesus as He prepares to go to Calvary, becoming the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all humankind. Matthew 21:9 gives us a picture of His triumphant ride into Jerusalem amongst the crowds, swaying palm branches, and thunderous shouts of the crowd, proclaiming, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”


Despite being God in human form, Jesus did not enter Jerusalem wearing a crown or ceremonial attire of one who sat on a throne. Nor did He choose a stately horse to symbolize a conquering king with the power to overthrow Roman oppression, as the Jews desired. Instead, He sat humbly on a donkey’s colt, covered in the cloaks of those He served, to fulfill the Messianic prophecies that He was coming as King of kings, adorned in humility and peace, to bridge the gap between a sinful people and their God.


Jesus suffered many things for us — children of the Most High. He experienced rejection from the Jewish leaders of the day who claimed to know God and the Scriptures, and yet still missed the visitation of the Messiah they sought. Jesus was mocked, insulted, spit upon, flogged, and killed as the sacrificial lamb to cover all our sins — past, current, and future. Jesus laid down His life for us and He rose again! He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, with all power and authority over heaven and earth.


As Easter approaches and we celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, let us remember that we are called to lay down our lives for Jesus, our King. Let us examine ourselves and reflect on whether we are setting aside any selfish desires, ambitions, or sins, in order to better represent Him in everything we say or do.


As Difference Makers, we must seek to always reflect the humility and peace when encountering others that Jesus represented during His time on earth. And remember, whatever we give up for Christ, He promises to give us abundant life and eternal rewards in His future Kingdom. In Matthew 16:25, Jesus says, "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."


This Easter, let's reflect on the sacrifices Jesus made for us and commit to laying down our lives for Him. We won't regret it.


As a Christ follower and Difference Maker, here is a graphic summarizing three takeaways we can reflect on after Easter: three Resurrection truths for every believer.


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Want to learn more?  Listen to Pastor Rhedrick's Easter Sunday sermon here.