Asking the right questions

What do you make of Jesus? This is a very open-ended question. Answers could go in many directions. I guess your answers will lead to the cross. As you reflect on Jesus, you have been taught to make much of the question: Why did Jesus die?

It’s a good question, with important answers. Answers like – he died for my sins, he died to defeat evil, etc.

But now I want to ask you another question: Why did Jesus live? Think about it for a minute before you read on.

Perhaps you have not asked yourself this question with such clarity. I suspect this is not a topic you have heard sermons about. We read and approach the bible from within a tradition – the protestant evangelical tradition. Our tradition positions us to notice that Jesus lived a perfect life, without fault – so when he died, he died for the sins of others, not his own. All true.

But those are answers that make sense of Jesus’ death. We have thought long and hard about that question. I am asking: Why did Jesus live? Surely the answer is more than just so he lived so he could be tempted, remain perfect, and then be an atonement for the sins of the world.

When Paul says imitate me, as I imitate Christ (1 Cor 11:1) – what does he mean? I cannot be sacrificed on a cross for the sins of the world. Paul is asking you and I to follow the example of how Jesus lived. That is what it means to be a disciple – to follow Jesus.

So again I ask – why did Jesus live?

That is the question this sermon series will address.

Rev David Rietveld

Senior Minister


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