Sunday Sermon // ACTIVATE : Saving A Life Is Worth My Sacrifice

ACTIVATE : taking the message of hope to the world // Saving A Life Is Worth My Sacrifice

[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]

Saving a life is worth my sacrifice.

 

Surrender is not easy.

Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup* of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. (Matthew 26:36-44 NLT)

Surrender was not easy, even for Jesus. He certainly knew about his impending pain & physical anguish. But maybe the reason he was so shaken was he knew that he would have to endure the entire wrath of God for the sin of the world.

*Cup – “For the Lord holds a cup in his hand that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours out the wine in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs.” (Psalms 75:8 NLT)

Jesus was taking the eternal consequences of sin away for all of. This is hope. And we want to take that hope to the world.


Surrender always involves sacrifice.

Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” (Matthew 26:45, 46 NLT)

It's easy to sacrifice for things we want. Things our flesh wants. Mexican food. Football. The latest gun, gadget, or purse. But when our flesh doesn't want too..what do we do then?

 

Saving a life is worth my sacrifice.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16, 17 NLT)

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. (Acts 2:41 NLT)

But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children. (Acts 4:4 NLT)

 

Saving a life is worth my sacrifice.

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