“While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside privately and said to them on the way:  “Listen!  We are going up to Jerusalem.  The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death.  Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and He will be resurrected on the third day.” Matthew 20:17-19

It was part of the plan.  The false accusations, the joke of a trial, the cruel torture, the horrible death, and the miraculous resurrection were all part of the plan.  Jesus knew it.  And now, for the third time, the disciples have heard it.  They were still having a hard time believing it.  They still didn’t want to believe it.

Nothing has changed.  We don’t want to believe that something so horrible had to happen.  We don’t want to believe that we are born with a corrupted and sinful nature that deserves judgment and death.  We want to believe that we aren’t so bad…we just need a little adjustment on our attitude or behavior.  We want to believe that if we just treat others better, smile a little more, and live generously things will turn out alright.

The Gospel is good news.  It is a message of hope and life.  But we need to never forget the cost of that life.  Our sinful condition was dealt with completely on the Cross.  The resurrection of Christ means we can live.  But remember, there is no resurrection without a death.  As much as we’d rather not think that our new life could only come through a horrible death, it’s true.  The Gospel is offensive.  But the Gospel is the message of life.

Fishers of men understand the seriousness of sin and appreciate the sacrifice that was made by Jesus.  Fishers of men believe it made a difference for everyone.  That’s why fishers of men go fishing.

Why not thank God again for sending His Son to die for you.  And show your appreciation by going fishing for men…TODAY.

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