Matthew 27:1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 2 And they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.
Death by the hands of men was the earthly assignment for Jesus. His death on the cross was necessary to save His people from their sins. We cannot die to deliver our people from their sins, but we can die to introduce people to Jesus who did die for their sins. Saving faith is obedient even when death at the hands of men results. Jesus said we need to be willing to lose our life for His name's sake. He said if we lose our life for His name's sake we will gain life (Matthew 16:24-25). Paul writes of Jesus' example to the persecuted Philippian believers that He was obedient unto death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Jesus was obedient to His Father because He loved His Father and wanted the world to know of His love (John 14:31).
We have an example to follow. Just as Jesus loved His Father and by faith died on the cross to obey Him and thus saved His people from their sins, so we are to be willing to die doing God's will because we love God and want to save people from their sin by introducing them to Jesus, the Savior of the world. Saving faith is willing to die obeying Jesus. Obedience to Jesus is our expression of love for Jesus that is displayed for the world to see (John 14:21). Our obedience to the point of death will be salvation from sin for many people because we were willing to die introducing them to Jesus, the Savior of the world.
Are you willing to follow Jesus' example to die in obedience to God? If you are you will bring life to many people and bear much fruit. Saving faith is willing to die completing God's will. Love for Jesus is expressed for the world to see if we are willing to die obeying Jesus. Our willingness to die obeying Jesus is an act of faith that will be fulfilled by the power of the Holy Spirit. We can only obey by exercising faith in the Son of God. When we attempt to obey the Lord, He fulfills our attempt with His power. Lord, move us to obey You by faith even to the point of death!