The end of the year is a great time to get advice from Jesus about how to approach life. Four times Jesus used language similar to “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25, Matthew 10:39, Luke 17:33, John 12:33).
The statement is a warning that if we live for sinful or selfish pleasures we will lose out on life (perhaps now in some way but especially in eternity). It is a promise that if we are willing to turn our life over to God, we will preserve (find, save) our life. If peace and satisfaction elude us, perhaps we need to turn our life over to God. He promises us if we do we will “find it”.
Question: Jesus isn’t asking us to do anything He wasn’t willing to do Himself. In the 4th occurrence (John 12) Jesus seems include Himself in this principle. How did Jesus life exemplify the principle, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it”?