Jesus came to die for our sins.
But is that all?
What did Jesus spend the last 3 years of His life on earth doing? Well, when we look at the stories in the Gospels, He traveled around for three years teaching everyone about God and about God’s plan for us…
… and He also spent those three years avoiding getting Himself killed for it.
That’s right! There are many stories about Jesus in danger of being arrested or killed for what He was teaching through His words and deeds. For example:
- When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. But passing through the midst of them he went away. Luke 4:28-30
- Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple. -John 8:58-59
- “I and the Father are one.” The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.” -John 10:30-33
- “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. -John 10:37-39
If Jesus was born to die, what was he waiting for? I point this out to show the importance of Jesus’ teaching. Yes, spreading His teachings was worth dying for, but their is a second reason, which we often miss. Jesus could have been arrested and/or killed many times before Good Friday. However, Christ had to teach us many things and He had to create a Church to pass along those teachings until the end of time. He needed to do this first, before His death on the Cross.
So, as Christians, we must ask ourselves, do I value the teachings of Christ’s Church?
If I do, how well do I know about the Faith?
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