Gospel – 8/7/20 – Matthew 16:24-28
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay each according to his conduct.
Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here
who will not taste death
until they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”
Another Gospel about giving everything up.
We measure our successes here, in the World, by how much we have. Money, possessions, cars, houses – just the stuff we accumulate. That’s how we define success here in the World.
If we have good health, our bodies aren’t damaged, our energy is good – we are the winner.
Not according to Jesus. Jesus says we should carry our burdens like he carried the cross. Even if we are exhausted and fall under the weight – we get up, sometimes with the help of others – but we get back up.
If what we have here keeps us from following Jesus, we lose our chance at Eternal Life by loving our possessions more than what comes after.
But if we are willing to give up our lavish life styles and follow his call – we will win Eternal Life.
He speaks hyperbole better than anyone. What if you win everything here – become the King of The World – but lose don’t attain Heaven for Eternity? Is it worth it – for such a short time?
The time will come when it’s too late to make the trade. No warning. Maybe while you sleep peacefully.
I’m not willing to make that trade. I love Jesus and I trust him.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…