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The Sacrifice of Obedience

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

 "Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of the faith among all the Gentiles for His nameís sake, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ." Romans 1:4-6

Salvation Army Founder, William Booth once said, -"The greatest of a manís power is the measure of his surrender." Jesus, the greatest of all men, who was and is the eternal God, demonstrated the greatest act of power when He surrendered His life to pay the debt of sinners.

 Before suffering the horrible crucifixion, He surrendered to the most brutal beating that could be endured. Isaiah prophesied of this event saying that He was beaten to the point that He was unrecognizable as a man. After His flogging He carried His cross to Calvary, struggling along the way. Once there, He opened His innocent hands to receive the nails and was mocked by the crowd as He endured intense agony.

When praying fervently in the garden the night of His arrest, He cried, -"Father, can this cup pass from Me?! Yet, not My will but Your will be done" as great drops of blood pressed through His skin and fell to the ground. Before the Lord became our sacrifice, He sacrificed His will to the Father - it was a sacrifice of obedience.

 Jesus could have said no, -"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life. . .No one has taken it away from Me, because I lay it down on My own initiative." (Jo.10)

 The Bible says that Jesus endured the shame and the pain for the joy set before Him. You might ask, -"What Joy?" It was the joy of seeing the very purpose for which He stepped into footsteps of man to accomplish - to save those lost in sin. There is rejoicing for every sinner who repents and receives salvation in Christ - we are His joy, and His great love for us empowered Him to give the greatest sacrifice.

To seek the Lordís will and walk before Him obediently is a precious offering and a sweet fragrance to Him. To lay down your will at the altar of the Lordis to find your true life in Jesus

"He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." (Matt.10) The Apostle Paul wrote, -"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." (Gal.2)

Our text tells us that part of the Apostleís work was to bring about the obedience of the faith. The faith is not merely a belief as in a thought or an opinion held, but is a faith that is practiced as a way of life.

Jesus died and rose from the dead to life - to walk in faith is to die to self and allow the life of Jesus to rise up in us so that the life we now live is His. Jesus is the Life and the Truth, so the life of Jesus can only be lived by walking in the truth. John wrote the Church saying, -"I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father." (2 Jo.4)

When we know Jesus, we know the Truth and have His Life abiding in us. Jesus said that the Father is seeking true worshipers who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth.(Jo.4) Jesus also said that when we know the truth it will set us free.

 Need we wonder why Satan deceives? Lies enslave. "Submit to God, and resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (Ja.4) The humble yield to God and seek His will and His pleasure - the humble surrender their lives to Jesus - and when asked, Jesus said that the humble will be the greatest of all in the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

 

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