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Finding Life In Death
Pastor Rod Block - April 2012

And Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:23-24

Everybody wants glory! This time of year even Christians and Churches compete for the glory. We like to boast of having the biggest crowd, the most services, the greatest program, or the most live animals on stage.

Jesus' path to glory was not by having the best program, largest crowds, most creative message, or riding in on a donkey to deliver HIs message. His path to glory led through the grave.

The glory of Christ is the glory of the cross.

"For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living" Romans 14:9.

"And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:8-11).

The path to glory for those who follow him is the same: We must die in order to live.

"He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal." John 12:25

The person who abandons this life and world, who sacrifices and gives all that he is and has for Christ, will save his life. But the person who keeps his life and what he has and seeks more and more of this life, will lose his life completely and eternally.

The person who "saves his life" who seeks to avoid aging and death and denies Christ--will lose his life eternally.

The person who seeks to make his life more and more comfortable and easy and secure and neglects Christ--will lose his life eternally.

The person who seeks to gain wealth and power and fame by compromising Christ--will lose his life eternally.

But the the person who loses his life for Christ and sacrifices all he is and has for Christ saves his life, and saves it eternally. And one day will be glorified in Christ Jesus.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

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