Luke 9:23-24: “Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.’”

Jesus’ ministry on Earth was drawing to a close when He began predicting His upcoming arrest. He was on the road to Jerusalem where He would face certain death, but He still kept on walking; His mind was made up. Approaching Jerusalem, Jesus addressed the crowd with the following words (Luke 9:24):

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

True to His own word, Jesus did not defend Himself when He was arrested. He did not hold on to His own life when He was nailed to the cross. And so He died. On the morning of the third day after His execution something incredibly wonderful happened: Jesus emerged from the tomb. To everybody’s amazement He came back to life.

Human beings are invited to follow Jesus’ footsteps. As we stop defending ourselves we let God defend us. God saves us – but He saves us His way. Our way of saving ourselves is self-defense. God’s way of saving us is giving up self-defense.

Entrusting our lives into God’s capable hands we will receive a much better life in return: Life Eternal.

Jesus died so we can live.

Finding the Lord is finding life. Living life in His presence, it begins to dawn on us how much He loves us.

Our Heavenly Father believes in us – so much so that He bet His Son’s life on it and poured out His Spirit all over the earth to show us the way home. The Trinity has fully invested in us withholding nothing and giving everything. I believe this is why the apostle John wrote in his gospel (John 3:16)

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The beauty of our homecoming is thanks to enduring faith: God believes in us, and we believe in Him.