Friday, April 4, 2014 12:43 AM

April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014 12:43 AM
Friday, April 4, 2014 12:43 AM

Mark 8:29-31

What is your mission in life? What do you think you were put here to do? Some of us find it difficult to answer that question. But for Jesus the answer is crystal clear. The reason He became human and was born into this world at Christmas was to suffer and die for us.

At Christmas when you look down at that baby lying in Bethlehem's manger, suffering and death is the farthest thing from your mind. But there are already hints about where His life will lead. If He had not come to suffer, then why was He lying in a feeding trough when He should have been lying in a soft crib?  Why was He raised by a carpenter as His foster-father when that meant He would take up that trade and everything that goes with it- the cuts and bruises, the blisters and calluses?

If God's Son became human to share our life- and to transform it for us- He had to share all of it. Not the life of ease and luxury that few enjoy, but the very opposite- the worst experiences people have. He had to know poverty, physical suffering, grief, loneliness, abuse, ridicule, torture, rejection and finally death. That was Jesus' mission- to exchange His life for ours, to overcome our suffering by His own suffering- and free us from death by His own death.

And more than that- Jesus tells them the end of the story- He will not remain dead. In three days He will rise again.

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