Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 7:32 am

Day One — Power in Weakness

Luke 9:21-27

Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Reflection

This exchange happens about a week before the Transfiguration, while Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem from Galilee.  With every step and happening along the way, He paved the way for us to live this life.  Despite hardships of many kinds, Jesus actively and consistently chose to live in obedience to the Father.  He denied Himself so that many lives would be saved.  When we live in obedience to Jesus’ words - “whoever loses their life for me will save it” - we do so, ultimately trusting in what Jesus has already given for us - His very life.

Responding to the Word

Let’s trust in Jesus today - the One who spoke these words and secured this reality for us by His life, death, and resurrection.  Take some time to commit today to follow God, doing His will.  He will be with us every step of the way, into greater glory with Him!

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