Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:1, ” After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death. “
Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams was the first vice president and our country’s second president. He was a leading advocate for our country’s independence from Great Britain, and assisted Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence. When the Second Continental Congress voted on July 2, 1776 to declare independence from Britain, Adams wrote to his wife the following day that July 2 would be the most memorable day in America’s history. His prediction, however, was not exactly correct, as July 4 became the day of future celebrations, for it was on that day that Congress ratified the official Declaration. Both Jefferson and Adams were staunch proponents of independence and republicanism, wooing their fellow leaders to step out from under the stronghold of the British crown. Ironically, as seminal as July 4 was for our nation in general, and these two men in particular, it marked an unusual coincidence at the end of their lives. For on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years to the day after their high-water mark in Congress, Adams and Jefferson both died. Liberators and statesmen, founding fathers of the greatest nation in history, friends and political allies and rivals, these two giants died on the very day they helped make possible.
You and I will die one day. But the truth is, we should already have died. Adams and Jefferson did not choose to die on the fourth, nor did they have to die for their freedom. But we should have made a conscious decision to die to our self. For us to claim the freedom that Jesus died to offer us, we should lay down our will and never take it up again. The chief priests conspired to put Jesus to death around the Passover, not realizing that He was about to give His life willingly to pay for their insurrection against God Almighty. If you are free, then live the only life worth living. Live completely for the ultimate crown, King Jesus.
As we seek Him today, let your declaration be that Jesus is your life.