“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ” Matthew 20.28
We have the distinct privilege as believers to celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but to also celebrate His death. If there had been no death, there could be no resurrection and no victory over death, hell, and the grave.
Think about it. How many times do we CELEBRATE someone’s death? When we have a funeral we celebrate our loved one’s life. But in this verse above we are reminded of the distinct reason that Jesus came to this earth: “ … to give his life as a ransom for many.”
When we read the words “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister … ”, He needed NOTHING from us, and we need everything from Him. Those three (3) plus years that He carried out His public ministry, before going to the cross, we filled with miracle after miracle as He went from place to place healing the blind, raising the dead, restoring disfigured limbs, giving a leper back his life by curing him, and so much more.
But let’s focus for a moment on the last phrase: “… to give his life as a ransom for many.” When Jesus rode that donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, He knew exactly what was going to happen over the next seven (7) days. We see a mock trial, an attempt by Pilate to release him, a Roman leader washing his hands of the whole affair and try to place the blame on the shoulders of the religious rulers, and finally a horrendous death by means of crucifixion – the cruelest method of death known to mankind.
So remind me again, WHY are we celebrating His death? Here it is; so that he could “give his life as a ransom for many (us).” So this is a week of expectation. Many will celebrate by means of a Good Friday service. We will gather next Sunday in great Numbers to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection – over death, hell, and the grave. Hallelujah! Just my thoughts …