I have a trick question for you: what was the most important event in Jesus’ life?

The virgin birth?
Leaving His parents to stay at the temple?
His baptism? “this is My Son in whom I am well pleased” – that’s pretty important.
His first miracle, turning the water into wine?
The feeding of the 5000?
The sermon on the Mount, and the Beatitudes?
The Lord’s prayer?
Maybe something more personal – the woman caught in adultery?
His triumphal entry into Jerusalem?
The last supper?
His betrayal by Judas?
His death on the cross?
His resurrection?
His ascent into heaven?
His work now, arguing for us before God the Father? Heb 7:25 says “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
At the start of this, I warned you it was a trick question. There is no one “most important” event in Jesus’ life. They are all the most important. You can’t take anything away from Jesus’ life and still have Jesus. His whole life – every second of every day – was spent doing His Father’s will. And we are called to do the same. 1 Cor 6:19-20 says “You are not your own, you were bought with a price”.

That price was Jesus. His whole life went to pay for your sins, went to pay for my sins. That is why Jesus said, at the Last Supper, “As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me”. Not just events in His life, but the person of Jesus. The man. The friend. Let’s pray.

Lord God, we’re humans, and we can overemphasize the importance of anything.  Help us, as we take the bread and the cup, to remember that You are the most important thing, always. Every moment of every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.