This is our time to die: to the world, to sin, to our selfish needs. Like Jesus, we must confront the conflict around us, as well as the conflict within us. We must confess that we desire a Jesus other than the one we are given in the gospels. We must confess our desire for a Jesus who meets our needs and lets us love other gods rather than a Jesus who rules our lives, drives us to repentance, and forgives our sin. We must face the fact that often the person who presents the greatest hostility to Jesus in our life is us! As a result, we are the ones who need to die to our earthly desires, our weird and wicked ways, so the reality of Christ and the truth of Christ might live in us and be shown through us (1 Corinthians 15:31).
- John 13:1-17:31b-35