TITLE: You’re Worth Dying For
DATE: June 08, 2019
TEXT: Romans 5:6-8 – ESV - For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed.
During the Presidency of Jimmy Carter an attempt was made to reinstate the registration for the draft.
Yes, I know I'm showing my age when I say I remember that time.
Most vividly I recall a picture which was featured in many newspapers around the country. It showed a young student who was attending Princeton University. He was not especially conspicuous other than for the sign he was carrying.
The placard read: "Nothing is worth dying for."
From the favorable looks of the people who surrounded this young man, it seems many others shared his opinions .I wonder if, as the years passed, they came to any different conclusion.
As a Christian, I am most thankful that Jesus did not agree with that student's political or personal philosophy.
On the contrary, He believed and He lived, the exact opposite.
Following the plan set into motion by His Father, Jesus sacrificed Himself because He thought WE were worth dying for. He lived having successfully resisted temptation from Satan and the world. He died without having ever committed a sin, yet when He hung on the cross the limitless sins of humankind rested there with Him.
All this Jesus endured, because He believed we were worth saving; because we were more precious than life. Which is why we remember with respect and honor the sacrifice He made for us on Golgotha’s crest.
It is also why we rejoice in the victory of resurrection Sunday. We praise Him because His sacrifice has been accepted and all who follow the Christ have been forgiven of their sin and rescued for eternity.
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, You and Your Father believed I was worth dying for. Today, I remember Your sacrifice on the cross and I offer you my deepest thanks. Now, by the Holy Spirit’s direction may I live for the One Who died for me. In Your Name, Amen.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html