Would You Die For Jesus?
I’ve always been fascinated by the book of Esther. First, there’s the fairytale aspect of a regular girl becoming a queen. And then, there’s the magnificent way God used her to save her people. But the more I read the story, the more I zero in on the words “If I perish, I perish.” This young girl was willing to die for her people and it makes me wonder, how many people would die for Jesus?
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Jesus Died For Us
The idea of giving up my life for someone is one I don’t often think about. Yet, being Christian means the possibility is always looming at the back of my mind. For a long time, my son was worried ISIS would somehow make it to our country and start killing Christians. While his fear was a bit of a longshot, it was not unfounded.
Across the world, millions of Christians are being persecuted and dying for their faith. Even within my country’s borders, some Christians are not allowed to worship freely because of work obligations.Across the world, millions of Christians are being persecuted and dying for their faith. Would you die for Christ? #hebrews12endurance Click To Tweet
Before His crucifixion Jesus told His disciples:
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also (John 15:18-20 NKJV).
These are hard words to hear because we know our Bible history. We know Jesus was falsely accused, beaten and killed in a mock trial. And while we know He did it so we could be saved, following in His footsteps seem kind of hard.
Lessons from Esther’s Willingness to Die for Jesus
We can learn a lot from Esther’s willingness to die for Jesus.
1. She had learned the importance of putting others before herself. How many persons do you know who are willing to die for someone they know? Better yet, how many people do you know who’d be willing to die for people they’d never met? You see, it’s one thing to die for a “good” person, it’s quite another to die for someone who’s not so good or someone who’s completely unknown to us.
While Esther did not have to sacrifice her life for her people, her willingness to put her life at risk mimics what Christ did for us. Jesus came to earth to die for us—a bunch of sinners. Many of whom would treat Him badly and deny His very existence.
It didn’t matter to Christ that many of the people He was dying for would not acknowledge Him as the Son of God. All He knew was they were in need of a Savior in order to be saved.
2. She didn’t choose position and wealth over people. At the time of her decision to sacrifice her life for her people, Esther was the queen of 127 provinces. Xerxes’ empire stretched from India to Ethiopia—a distance of 4,317 kilometers. But she was willing to lose all of her prestige and affluence to save her people. She was willing to die for being a Jew—she was willing to die for Christ.
3. She believed strongly enough in the cause and was willing to die for it. What are you willing to die for? Do you believe strongly enough in something to cause you to suffer for it? What are your reasons for following Jesus? Are they enough to make you willing to die for Him?
We Die For Jesus Every Day
The truth of it though is that we die for Jesus every day–at least, we should. Being Christian means we walk in a way that is different from the people of the world. This was the choice a young, Jewish girl had to make a few hundred years ago and it’s one we make every day as well.
Long before she became queen, Esther had established herself as a cut above the other girls. She did not behave as the others did.
While Esther was under the care of Hagai the eunuch, the Bible had this to say about her:
Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women (Esther 2:9 NKJV).
I believe that if she had been arrogant and opinionated she would not have pleased the keeper of the harem. What story does your life tell? Are you living for Jesus in a way that makes people want to follow Him? Is your testimony powerful enough that people would want to kill you for your faith?
Would You Die For Your Faith?
One of Jesus’ final sermons to His disciples included these words:
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (John 15:13 NKJV).
Indeed, most of the apostles died for their faith and that is the foundation on which the church was built. Do you have friends you’re willing to die for? Are you willing to die for Jesus?
What the Bible Says About Dying for Jesus
Maybe you’re a little apprehensive about dying and wonder if you are truly able to lay down your life for God. My friend, I completely understand. I’d prefer not to be killed for my faith but I remind myself of the promises of God and that He is faithful and is able to carry me through whatever persecution lies ahead.
Here are a few verses I like to meditate on when I see Christians persecuted and think about the possibility of it happening to me:
For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s (Romans 14:8 NKJV).
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 NKJV)
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (Revelation 3:21 NKJV).
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16 NIV).
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10 NKJV).
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! (Job 19:25-27 ESV)
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It is an in-depth exploration of the lessons and morals in the book of Esther and covers topics such as the importance of respect, how to be a good friend, and tips for having a relationship with God. Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther is currently available for purchase on Amazon.
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