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Friday, August 14, 2015

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Poured Out
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is recorded in the Gospel of John, (John 19). It is here that we find that one of the soldiers pierced the side of Jesus with a spear and blood and water flowed out, (John 19:34). There is a sense implied here that everything that could sustain life was now gone. Void of water and blood, two of the most important ingredients for life were now gone.

There was a report after the resurrection that Jesus wasn’t really dead. Instead he had only fainted and his disciples had taken him down from the cross and revived him. Interesting speculation when you consider that he was void of life giving fluids. It’s also what makes the resurrection even more remarkable. People that were raised from the dead at the time of Christ had not experienced the trauma that the body of Jesus did, and they weren’t void of the life giving fluids to sustain life.

The idea of being poured out has the idea of being void of life and everything that gives life. In other words, there’s nothing else to give. Most people don’t want to go there, but some do. We see it with athletes who push themselves beyond their natural abilities to achieve the impossible. Why? Certainly not to achieve immorality. But because they have a goal and a vision.

There are others who pour out their lives for causes. Mother Theresa was one such person who did this. Her service to the poor of India is well documented. For her and others like her, their cause was greater than life itself. Interestingly, her life as a Christian should not be unusual because all she did was what she and every other Christian is called to do, lay down their lives for another, (John 15:13). We are called to be like Jesus himself and pour out our lives for others. Sadly, we love life to much to do that. We buy into the world’s idea of success. Yet, it was Jesus himself who said, “whoever loses their life for me will find it”, (Matthew 16:25). The question for all of us is what or who is my life being poured out for? Think about it.

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