The Mark of Crucifixion

March 24, 2024

Times when things didn’t end well…

Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday, was
destined NOT to end well.

but [He] emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness. And being found in
human form, he humbled himself and became
obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

Jesus came, traded the glory of God in heaven, to
embrace the mark of crucifixion.

The point is obedient surrender.

Jesus obedient death calls us to the same level of
obedience.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must
deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever
wants to save their life f will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will
find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet
forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For
the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and
then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

The call of discipleship is a call to embrace the mark of
crucifixion.

What, in your life, are you being called to surrender to
the control and Lordship of Jesus Christ?

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