Jesus is risen! 耶穌復活了!
Jesus is risen and He desires that we too live our lives fully alive in Him. In Matt. 16:25, "Jesus said, For whoever wants to save their life will lost it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."
In other words, Jesus is saying, "You're better off dead." A life of following Jesus is built on a foundation of dying to self which leads to a life of joy and freedom. Why? Because dead people aren't stressed. Dead people don't worry. Dead people don't criticize, condemn or judge. Dead people are never jealous. Dying to self and sin makes me more alive in Christ!
When you are constantly trying to live for yourself, for self-promotion, self-importance, and self-interest, you will poison your life with joykilling, neurosis-producing, life confining prison. You will never experience the resurrection passion and power of Christ Jesus. Jesus lives; because he died for our sins, let us follow his joy and passion by daily dying to self.
by Rev. Jireh Lin 林以勒牧師