Sermon Highlight: Committed

There are a number of definitions for committed, both good and bad. You could have committed a robbery and been committed to prison for it. On other hand, you may have committed something of value to a worthy cause, or better yet, committed your life to serving the Lord.

What have you and I committed to the service of Jesus and the gospel? Think about it. Think in light of Hebrews 12:3-4. Compare it to what Jesus has done for us.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Jesus’ first trial was before He was brought before any earthly court. It began in Gethsemane. He had already shed a lot of blood before the Romans put a crown of thorns on His head and scourged Him. The nails cost His more blood. But His real agony began in the garden when His original commitment began to come to pass. It was here that He first shed His blood in great drops like sweat at the realization that He would be separated for the first time from His Father. And not for anything He had committed… Well, yes, it was. He had committed to doing anything necessary to save a fallen world that He loved. His only crime was not a crime at all. We were the criminals. We were the ones deserving the death–the ultimate, final, everlasting death that we have earned by our sins.

When will we realize that separation from God caused by sin is what Jesus went through beginning in Gethsemane and ending on the cross at Golgotha? He did it willing and purposely, because He created and loved you and me. Can’t you give the same commitment of yourself to Him?

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