He knew his mission was to bring us closer to God, and his life was the price to be paid for that relationship.
Release control of your life and transfer control to me and I'll guarantee your eternal life and genuine joy.
Once the disciples realize that they are also light, they also recognize that their true role is to shine so others can find their way.
It's that faith coupled with deeds that help us evolve as Christians, to become better Christians, to become our very best.
Paul is saying that now is the time, don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. The day of salvation is upon you!
Because when we don't forgive others, we are denying our common ground as sinners in need of God's forgiveness.
But he tells us to take care that this liberty of ours to do as we please does not become a stumbling block to someone who is weaker in their faith.
We cannot possibly say we love our neighbors when we do nothing, nothing to alleviate the suffering of the underprivileged and vulnerable of our world.
The ministry of Jesus Christ depends upon ordinary, faithful followers like you and me to get things done.
He turns to the people and tells them that he has baptized them with water, but wait, there's more!