ARE YOU BEING SELFLESS?
I received a really strong message from Pastor Murrell this afternoon. The topic was “SELFLESSNESS”.
You might ask, what is selflessness anyway? For me, selflessness signifies the realignment of one’s focus on someone or something else rather than oneself and in the context of the Bible and Good Friday, Selflessness refers to living for Christ for it is He who died for us; giving all thanks and praise to Him was battered upon the cross for me.
Before I share with you the succint version of Pastor Murrell’s message with you, let me as you a few questions:
- What does Good Friday Mean (to you)?
- Why did Good Friday happen?
- Why did the crucifixtion happen?
- Why do we celebrate Good Friday?
Take about 10 minutes to really think about the answer to these questions.
Now, take a look at these verses:
- 1. And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
- 2. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
- 3. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
- 4. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
- 5. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
- 6. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
- 7. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
- 8. And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad : for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
- 9. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
- 10. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
- 11. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
- 12. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together : for before they were at enmity between themselves.
- 13. And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
- 14. Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
- 15. No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
- 16. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
- 17. (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
- 18. And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
- 19. (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
- 20. Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them .
- 21. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
- 22. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done ? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go .
- 23. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified . And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed .
- 24. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
- 25. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired ; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
- 26. And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
- 27. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
- 28. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
- 29. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck .
- 30. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
- 31. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
- 32. And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death .
- 33. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
- 34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do . And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
- 35. And the people stood beholding . And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
- 36. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
- 37. And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
- 38. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
- 39. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
- 40. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
- 41. And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds : but this man hath done nothing amiss.
- 42. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
- 43. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
- 44. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
- 45. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
- 46. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost .
- 47. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
- 48. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned .
- 49. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
- 50. And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
- 51. (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews : who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
- 52. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
- 53. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid .
- 54. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on .
- 55. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid .
- 56. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
- 14. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead :
- 15. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again .
- 8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- 10. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
- 3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
- 9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
- 10. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
- 9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Based on the verses above, Pastor Murrell concluded that God gave His son on the cross for us, so that we have an opportunity to get to heaven with Him. Before He died, we as sinners were all bound for hell. He gave His all so that through Him returning as the Holy Spirit, we might have an opportunity to seek Him for healing, deliverance and most importantly salvation.
Oh what an awesome GOD is He.
Seeing all that He has done for us, the sin and shame He underwent, we must forget ourselves, we must deny ourselves and focus on praising God. He gave His entire life for us. He took the cross for us, so that we might be free. Good Friday is therefore our reminder of our need to live SELFLESS.We must come to a point where we recognise that we do not live for others but for God, who is the most high and the Almighty.
When Jesus said IT IS FINISHED this marked the beginning of our victory and our walk with Jesus for our place in Heaven.
Good Friday means forgetting about us and everything else in the world and thanking God for the victory over evil which He has given us. On this Good Friday let us realise the need to always forget ourselves and give all to Jesus becuase had He not died we would not have a source of refuge to salvation which is the Holy Spirit. Good Friday is OUR REMINDER OF THE GREATNES OF JESUS TO WHOM WE MUST GIVE ALL PRAISE AND GLORY.
LET’S JUST PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GOONESS AND PLACING HIS SON UPON THE CROSS FOR YOU AND ME SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE EVERTLASTING LIFE!!!