13.2.2 Jesus Christ–the model of willingness to sacrifice

The conception of sacrifice demonstrated in Romans 12: 1 is to be seen against the backdrop that Jesus Christ gave His body–that is Himself–out of love, as a gift and sacrifice for us (Ephesians 5: 2; Hebrews 10: 10). For believers, Jesus' sacrifice is holy and incomparable. They are aware that only Christ's sacrifice has the power of redemption.

Even though no other sacrifice can be compared with that of the Lord, His willingness to make this sacrifice serves as an example to be emulated.

Already before His suffering and death, Christ's willingness to sacrifice was revealed in His self-abasement (Philippians 2: 6-8). His devoted love was already evident in the fact that He had left the glory of His Father in heaven, come to earth, renounced His divine form, and taken on the lowliness of human nature. Apostle Paul made this the measure for every Christian's conduct: "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Philippians 2: 3-4). This demands a willingness to offer and sacrifice that should also be manifest in congregational life.

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