Asbury United Methodist Church
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October 27, 2017

There is an old saying being spread about nowadays that goes, “Everyone who is born dies, but not everyone who dies truly lives.” I am not sure who first said this and I am too lazy to look it up but it is nonetheless true.

          Have you ever considered what you would die for?   What would you consider is of utmost importance, so much so that you would give your life?

          Jesus didn’t hesitate at all when posed this question. He’d die for you and for me.

          On that fateful day when he was facing Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor asked, “Are you a king (John 18:37 NIV).”

          Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true (John 18:37 NIV).”

          To put a finer point on things, Jesus told Pilate straight up that it was for our cause that he was born in the first place. He came into the world to die for a cause that was ultimately you and me!

          During the Passover celebration, Jesus said, “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!  Father, bring glory to your name (John 12:27-28 NIV).”

          And, it is clear that Jesus wants us to live for something that is worth dying for. And, when we put Jesus first and foremost in our lives and allow him to underpin all things that we do, we will discover such meaning and purpose in life that nothing will ever be the same.

          There it is!  And time is ticking. All of us have a finite number of breaths to breathe and heartbeats to beat before we leave this world.

          So, what’s it going to be? What cause, if any will define your life?

          How will you be remembered; and, does this match with how you want to be remembered?

          What legacy will we leave our families? Each of us has been given the freedom and the grace of being allowed to make these choices.

          There are no limits to the choices that are available nowadays with regard to how we choose to invest our lives. For me, there is one cause that is greater than any other on earth.

          This One gives purpose for each step that I take.   This One cause alters my life choices and has the potential to affect every person that crosses paths with me.

          This One stood in front of a judge two thousand years ago, a judge that would decide if he lived or died a horrible, painful death.   And, Jesus chose us!

          Well…an old hymn just started to play in my head:

He knew me.
Yet he loved me.
He who’s glory makes the heaven’s shine.
I’m so unworthy, of such mercy.
For while he was on the cross, I was on his mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2iijI2yEkc

(When He Was On the Cross, I Was On His Mind, Jason Crabb, 2012)

          Christ refused to defend himself or his life.   He just made a statement of truth in front of Pilate that was so absolute and so profound that it stopped the governor in his tracks.

          Today is a good day to make a statement of truth with our lives. It begins with a simple decision that we will decide to live for him.

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