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The Cost of Living

John 19

 

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.”  The guards made fun of Him saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!”  “And they struck him in the face.”  He was made to carry His cross to Golgotha.  “Here they crucified him.”

 

Just days or perhaps only hours earlier, Jesus made the excruciating decision to follow through with what was required of Him.  The record of that decision is found in John 12, in which He says, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?  ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason that I came to this hour.”

 

Later He would say, “I know that his command leads to eternal life”.  The decision would cost Him more than any decision He had ever made, but He had learned through life that the way to life is to follow His Father’s commands. 

 

It would do us well to have a fresh understanding that though the cross entitles us to life, it is Jesus’ demonstration of obedience before the cross that leads to life.  At any point in our walk with God, this is true.  Whether it is something God says we shouldn’t do, or something He says we should do; whether it is easy or hard; whether it seems fair or unfair; whether it seems to make sense or not – we have to “know that his command leads to eternal life”.  It is the price we must pay for the life that is rightfully ours.  It is the cost of living.

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