Sermon Thought

Lk. 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,

There are those who say that Jesus’ death on the cross was not God’s plan. They claim that Christ’s death was just caused by man. But when you look at the scriptures like this one you can see that going to Jerusalem and the cross was Jesus’ intent and no accident or afterthought. Jesus went to the cross because He was following the plan to provided salvation for mankind that was set even before the foundation of the world. Believers are to follow God’s call for their life just as Jesus did. That call may not lead to physical death like Jesus went through but dying to self and the world is a command of Christ. He said take up your cross and follow Him. Dying to self may seem like a loss but just as Jesus gave His life, He did not loose because He was received up to glory. In like manner if we loose our life for Christ, we too will be received up into glory. We never loose with Christ.

Scripture: Matt. 16:1-28 ; John 4:34 ; Matt. 12:38-40 ; Lk. 11:15-16 ; I Cor. 1:22 ; I Cor. 5:7 ; Acts 2:40 ;

Col. 2:8 ; I John 4:15 ; John 6:68-69 ; Eph. 2:20 ; I Pet. 2:6-7 ; I Cor. 3:11 ; Matt. 21;44 ; Is. 28:16 ;

Acts 2:24 ; Acts 2:27 ; II Cor. 10:4 ; Rev. 1:18 ; Is. 22:22 ; John 3:14 ; Lk. 18:32-33 ; Matt. 4:10 ;

I Pet. 2:8 ; John 12:25 ; Dan. 7:13