Jesus Did Not Give Up
'Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.'
(I Peter 2:4, 5 NKJV)
Peter remembered Jesus, being rejected by men even though He was the Son of God. I am sure he remembered his own denial of Jesus. Inspite of this, Jesus did not give up. He could have because He was fully Human but He did not. Jesus had the power to do anything, including escaping the crucifixion but He did not. Instead, He chose to go through suffering and death, death on the cross for the sake of humanity. Because Jesus did not give up, you and I are saved from the penalty of sin and have received the righteousness, the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we approach Good Friday and Easter, we need to be reminded that He has chosen us to share this good news to those who do not know Him. There is much we can do if we will use the power He has given and realize He has called us as a special people to do His special work.
The Bible says: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are not the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).
The death and resurrection of Jesus is no ordinary news. It's THE ONLY GOOD NEWS that will change mankind. Will you, out of gratefulness to our Lord share this good news to your loved ones and friends?
Written by: Pastor Lydia Chan