Today’s Reading: Luke 20:9-26
“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
With these words, Jesus is presenting those listening to Him on that day with two options. The religious leaders could either be broken or they could be crushed. Depending on how they treated Jesus, they could die to themselves and find life or they could remain prideful and be crushed. As we read through the Gospels we see the choice many of the religious leaders made. They decided to reject Jesus, and as a result, experience the crushing blow that decision led to. On the other hand, we see many throughout the Gospels who decided to humble themselves before Jesus, and as a result, followed Him on an unforgettable experience that would forever change their lives. While they did experience death to themselves, they were also able to experience the tremendous power of resurrection in their lives.
In the same way we have a choice to make. We can allow Jesus to break us and humble us or we can resist Him and be crushed. We can choose to keep our life as we like it, or we can choose to give it up to gain something far better and lasting. The journey toward Easter that we are on is all about denying ourselves and dying to ourselves, so that we can be raised to life just as Jesus was physically raised.
What is something that needs to be broken in your life so that you are not crushed?