Hey everyone, Tim here.
I hope this letter finds you well. Our current series, "Undercover Boss," is entering its final weekend as we approach Good Friday and Easter and if you haven't been able to follow along, you can catch up HERE. This past Sunday was Palm Sunday and Pastor Chris talked about the cure for selfishness.
Palm Sunday was the day Jesus entered Jerusalem like the king Israel had been awaiting for centuries, only he didn't come like the king they thought they had been waiting for. Jesus entered the city in the most non-threatening way possible, on a donkey. This was a far cry from the conquering Messiah-action-hero Israel was expecting. But Jesus came as a different kind of king, to do a completely different thing.
Palm Sunday isn't just the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem in a way that completely redefined for those people what it meant to be a king, a conqueror, a savior. Palm Sunday is also the day Jesus made a choice. This choice sent shock waves through history, through eternity. The donkey-riding, peace-loving, non-threatening, backwoods Rabbi from nowheresville, Israel came to be the conquering savior of the world by the only means that would truly bring freedom from captivity.
I said that it was the day that Jesus made a choice. The choice Jesus made on that day was sacrifice; it was complete selflessness. John 12:27-28 records Jesus' choice on that day:
"Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say?
'Father, save me from this hour'?
No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name!"
On that day, Jesus made the choice to love others above himself, to lay down his life to give us true life, to make it possible for us to be saved from ourselves. "This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins" (1 Jn 4:10); "The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends" (Jn 15:13); "But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners" (Rom 5:8).
Love begins where our selfishness ends, where our concern for ourselves above everything else finally stops long enough to see another human as valuable and worthy of the same love we ourselves are looking for. When we make a choice to love others, when we begin to embody the same kind of selflessness that Jesus showed when he made the choice to give us life and lose his own, that is when the world will be saved - from us.