Willing to Die

Willing to Die

Jesus willingly gave His life on behalf of helpless people. Beginning with His incarnation, He repeatedly offered Himself up—at His baptism, day by day all the way to Gethsemane, culminating with his death on the cross—so that others might find eternal freedom and life. Men and women through the ages have also laid down their lives to protect and free others. Remember those who have given their lives so that you might live. Honor their sacrifice and lift up the families who mourn their loss.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. —1 John 3:16

Prayer: Jesus, Your death brings us eternal life, even as others have died so that we might be free to live here on earth. Comfort their families as we honor their sacrifice. May we also willingly lay down our lives to serve one another in love, following in Your footsteps, amen.

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