Let's revisit why we are here and why we follow Jesus. Why does The Community even exist. Why do we care about Jesus. One of the first things we said: It is not about us! We've said it a 100 times. We have to say it 1,000,000 more. All of this is about GOD. Nothing more and nothing less.
1 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB) --- (love) it does not seek its own…
There you find Jesus. Why did he allow Himself to die? What was the point to His suffering? Why was he always questioning the normal and the religious people? There was a reason.
It was because they were making it all about the wrong the thing. We have that tendency. Do you hear me? We often do that. And we will do that IF WE DON'T KEEP OUR EYES on Jesus!
Mark 8:34 (NLT) --- Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me."
"Turn from your selfish ways" is huge. We have to admit we are selfish. What keeps us from thinking like Jesus thinks? When we come to the cross, the place Jesus died and died for us, we have to leave our selfish ways behind.
Philippians 2:5-11 (MSG) --- Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.