Bought by the Blood

May 6, 2009

Following Our King

Filed under: cross,Gospel of John,J.C. Ryle,Sanctification — cubsfan1980 @ 10:30 am
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20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. – John 12:20-26

“Death is the way to spiritual life and glory…Our Lord would have them know that He came to carry a cross, and not to wear a crown.  He came not to live a life of honour, ease, and magnificence, but to die a shameful and dishonoured death.  The kingdom He came to set up was to begin with a crucifixion, and not with a coronation.  Its glory was to take its rise not from victories won by the sword, and from accumulated treasures of gold and silver, but from the death of its king.”

Ryle goes on to state how we apply this truth by commenting:

“He who is ready to cast away everything most dear to him in this life, if it stands inthe way of his soul, and to crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts, will find at length that he is no loser. In a word, his losses will prove nothing in comparison to his gains.” J.C. Ryle


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