Selfless Sacrifice (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 81)
1 John 2:2 (NLT)
He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
What if Jesus came into the world and lived only for Himself? Then what if He decided death was too harsh a path to take so He just skipped Gethsemane and went straight back to Heaven? Besides that, what if He just forgot about us altogether once He arrived in Heaven and He didn’t watch over us or answer our prayers? We would be left thinking how selfish.
Thankfully, this wasn’t Jesus’ decision. He didn’t skip out on His divine duty and responsibility to save the entire world. When God sent Him into the world, He came not to live, but to die. In dying, we found life. All of the world has been given life because one Man selflessly sacrificed His life so we could have ours. And not only just for you and me, but for the whole entire world.
Sacrifice means something is given up for the sake of something else to come to pass. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He gave up His life for our sake so we could have the hope of eternal life. Isn’t it great to know that we have a Heavenly Father who is selfless in sacrifice? Jesus is the “mediator of redemption”, and it is His mediation that He pleads on our behalf. His blood is of utmost value since it was shed and is represented every time He intercedes for us.
Any excuse that you have for not believing in Jesus is stripped away. The cross is God’s answer to all of your arguments and all of your questions. Life is all a big waste if we do not embrace the selfless sacrifice of Jesus. What He didn’t have to do, He did anyway. The sacrifice of Christ is not a myth to be searched out, but a fact to be believed. Jesus died for all our sins — past, present, and future — not so we can remember them, but so we can be free forever from them. This is what it means to sacrifice.
“A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.”
— Andrew Murray