Who is Jesus?
What is He asking of us?
We also sacrifice.
1. Mary anoints Jesus in costly sacrifice
2. The crowds anticipate Jesus as political king and overthrow of political slavery
3. Jesus clarifies his purpose of death as way to claim true kingship
4. Jesus’s death is both subsitutionary for our sin and exemplary for us to follow
1 Peter 2:21–25
"For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an
example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit
found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered,
he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He
himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to
righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep,
but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."
"Jesus is worth the sacrifices we make."
"We've allowed ourselves to believe that watered-down Christianity is ok."
"The gospel isn't 'Jesus always saves us from our problems,' it's 'Jesus enters into the trails of life with us.'"
"You don't know how good the light is until you've walked through the darkness."
"Jesus's death is substitutionary and exemplary."
"The way through healing is through death."
"We want the benefit of being different but we don't want to change."
"In our pandemic, in our struggle, in our darkness, is not the light most clearly displayed through Jesus?"
- In this season, are you welcoming the sacrifice of Jesus for your sins?
- Are you willing to follow Jesus as He lived and as He died? Not just raised to life but go to death?