by John Michalak
But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer. And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:7-8
On this Palm Sunday eve, we are about to enter into Holy Week. And we’ll consider the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for you and me.
But, consider the sacrifices Jesus made prior to His greatest sacrifice. Being born as a man, yes. Living a sinless life. But, consider some of His actions just prior to the crucifixion.
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead to prophesy a future resurrection; He entered into Jerusalem with humility to declare God’s Kingdom; He shared bread and wine to enlighten His disciples about the life they could enjoy through His death; Jesus prayed earnestly in the garden and asked others to keep watch with Him before the end.
All these actions required a sound mind, self-control, a focused prayer life. If you or I were about to be executed, our focus might be elsewhere. But, Jesus’ focus was always on His love for the Father and His love for us. And because of His great love, Jesus’ whole life was a sacrifice before He ever went to die on the cross.
Meditate on Jesus’ sacrifices while living here on earth. And as the end of all things draws nearer for us all, become a living sacrifice in return.