Jesus understood his call and he was committed to fulfilling it. Jesus’ call was to die upon the cross and bear witness to the truth that he is the Son of God. We are all in desperate need of salvation and Jesus purpose was to live and die so we could access it. Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus is the truth that sets you free from sin. Jesus is the source of abundant life for every human being.
On Good Friday we remember the sacrifice of Jesus as he fulfilled his call on the cross. Jesus went to the cross because there was no other way to save and redeem us from our sin and rebellion, except for him stepping into our place and taking upon himself what we deserved = death.
Jesus death on the cross is the essence of the Gospel and the only hope the world has. Jesus is our supreme example to follow and he also calls us to take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow him. Taking up your cross means to pick up your own call and die to yourself so you can fulfill the purpose for which you were born. Picking up your call requires sacrifice on your part, a willingness to lay down your life to serve others and a commitment to become more like Christ.
Jesus lived and died for something bigger than himself. He lived and died for the call of the Father upon him to sacrifice his life on the cross so that we might be restored into right relationship with the Father and have eternal life. What will you live and die for? Pick up the cross of your call, deny yourself and follow Jesus’ example. He said, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world.”