24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 16:24–25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Pastor John MacArthur tells us in his message, Winning By Losing: The Paradox of Discipleship, “… [that] this was one of Jesus’ recurring themes. There are some things that our Lord especially taught, some specially loved truths which He went back to again and again and again. We see them over and over in the Scripture. And we will never understand salvation and we will never understand discipleship unless we understand this principle…so oft repeated. The principle is winning by losing.”
Check out the message here. And then take a look at the book The Gospel According to Jesus available in Print, e-Book, MP3 CD and Audible. Additional sermons resources are available in The Gospel According to Jesus topical series which is available on the Grace To You website or via the Grace To You app for your phone.
Learned something really beautiful the other day. The Greek Verb ἀγαπῶντι (loves) is only used 1 time in the Bible … It is a present active participle Verb used when John wrote to the Churches in Asia —-
5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Re 1:5). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
In other words, Jesus loves us presently in the same way that he loved us at the moment on the Cross. He loves us today as He did yesterday. His love was not just something in the past. John MacArthur has a sermon on Revelation 1 and he pointed out that sometimes we go back in time to what that love must have been like, but in reality it is the same love today. His love is never ending. Now that is some BIG LOVE!