Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the Lord your God, and the Lord will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you. But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lord sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.” Jeremiah 26:12-15 ESV
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. Hebrews 5:7-9 ESV
Some years ago Ronald Reagan was the president of the United States, and one day when the president was leaving the hotel where he had given a speech, there were a number of people standing outside waiting to see him. One of them had a gun, and when he saw President Reagan he fired his gun at him. A man named Tim McCarthy was a member of the president’s Secret Service detail that day. When he heard the shots being fired, he immediately got between the president and the shooter and blocked the President Reagan with his body. One of the shots landed in Tim McCarthy’s chest, but at that moment he knew that it didn’t matter. His job was to protect the president, and if that meant he would have to die instead, then that’s what he would do. Neither President Reagan nor Tim McCarthy died that day, and Mr. McCarthy might have saved the president’s life.
When Jeremiah was being accused of speaking against his nation and its capital city, the people said that he deserved to die. But Jeremiah knew that he was speaking for God, and he would be faithful to the mission the Lord had given him no matter what it cost him. Jeremiah knew that he himself didn’t really matter; what mattered was being true to God and speaking his message. Jeremiah told the people, “I am in your hands.” He was ready to die, but he wouldn’t take back the words the Lord had given him to say.
When Jesus came to earth, his Heavenly Father gave him a mission to give his life for the sins of the world. Jesus was true to the mission his Heavenly Father gave him. He gave his life willingly because that’s what God asked him to do. Jesus gave his life because he loves us very much and wanted to save us and bring us back to our Heavenly Father. Because of what Jesus did, God forgives our sins every day and calls us his children. He sends us his Holy Spirit to help us follow his ways, even when it’s not easy, and is always ready to love us and help us .
Dear Jesus, thank you for giving your life for us. Please stay close to us and help us follow you every day. Amen.