“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” -Mark 8:35 KJV
Today while listening to the radio, I heard something about what people are dying for these days. “I’m dying to get that new car.” “I’m dying to win my basketball game today.” “I’m dying to get that promotion.” I’m sure you’ve heard someone use that, or maybe you have even used it yourself! I know I have. Sure it is a figure of speech. But it got me thinking. Thinking about what Jesus did. By dying on the cross for our sins, He was saying, “I’m dying for you to come to me.” Literally.
Wow. That’s powerful.
And our response? As Mark 8:35 (above) says, we need to lose our life in order to gain it. We must lose this life of sin and put on the new self (Ephesians 4:24) that is covered with Jesus’ blood. His blood is the atonement for our sins. However, we must put it on. Jesus says that He is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE LIFE (John 14:6).
It is a free gift! All that is required is that you
believe that He is the Messiah (John 20:31b). We don’t have to earn it! In fact, we can’t earn it if we wanted to (Ephesians 2:8-9)!
“For no other reason does God punish the sinner either in the present or in the future world, except because He knows that the sinner was able to conquer but failed to gain the victory.” -Clement of Rome
Jesus has already won the battle. All we have to do is claim victory. He’s offering a new self for those who haven’t believed. This new self is stained with His shed blood that marks you as His.
The question is, “Will you put it on?” I pray that you do.