I do not think there is anyone that will disagree that Stan Musial was and will always be considered a legend. Thousands passed through the cathedral for the visitation, additional hundreds attended the funeral while an unpublished number of people attended the memorial service outside Busch Stadium.Growing up, my heroes were Bobby Orr (hockey player), Underdog (Cartoon Character), and Gordon Lightfoot (Musician). Today I respect the likes of Warren Buffett & Mark Cuban (Business Owners) and Garth Brooks (Musician).
Now this is the last part of the three-part series called The Legend. In part one, we learned not only that Jesus was born but would continue to be our legend. Part two we covered some of the criteria it takes to create a legend. The last part we are going to cover leading up to the end.
Everyone has someone that doesn’t agree with you or just plain hates you. It is the same and maybe more so with a legend. Well Jesus also had his haters leading up to his death.
Judas Iscariot was one of the original twelve disciples that sold out Jesus. A kiss and the betrayal of Jesus all for 30 silver coins. This is worth about fifteen dollars ($15.00) in today’s dollars. (Luke 22:1-6) (Luke 22:47-53)
The Final Hurrah
As this scenario plays out, Jesus gathers his twelve disciples for the Last Supper that took place in what is today called The Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. This is what we refer to as the Passover. This was the time Jesus shared the wine and the breaking of bread. (Luke 22:17-19)
There are many recorded cases of legends that go wrong and end up being prosecuted and jailed. Some of them jailed wrongly. Our legend was treated to the court system of His time.
Although they could not find anything to convict Him of but still he was persecuted and mocked by the guards. He was found guilty and sentenced to die on the cross. (Luke 22:47-53) (22:66-23:25)
Jesus was sentenced to die on the cross for a crime that he did not commit. They put Jesus on a cross and taunted him with “if you are the savior, save yourself” while the guards gambled with dice for his garments. Then Jesus shouted, “Father I trust my spirit in your hands”. This was the last breath he took. He was taken down and was buried in a tomb enclosed by a large boulder. The legend was gone forever. (Luke 23:26-56)
There is a certain emptiness when we lose a legend. Although many will remember the legend, over time we seem to lose conscience of it on a regular basis.
Most people enjoy the legends when they are still alive because the memories are vivid and although they may not be doing what made them a legend they still get some press at times. Just look at any major sporting franchise and you will see legends as part of their opening day festivities.
These legends are the ones that we look up to and in some cases, we try and learn from them. Hence the term Living Legend. So we try and enjoy the Living Legend while we can.
So, what we have learned from this is that a Legend is a Living Legend but starts to lose popularity after he passes on. Well I have some great news readers: Our legend in this series was Jesus and yes, I know He died on the Cross, BUT HE IS ALIVE!!! (Mark 16:9) (Matthew 28:6)
Jesus ascended to heaven to seat at the right hand of the Father. He is alive and with us always. (Mark 16:19) (1 Peter 3:22)
This gets even greater because our Legend keeps on giving. His death goes unnoticed because his death was for us. Because Jesus died on the cross for us he paid the price for our sin. (1 Peter 3:18) (Romans 4:25)
As we end our series on The Legend, we can rest easily knowing that our legend lives on. However, I challenge those that have not accepted Jesus as their Savior to do so because you don’t know when you will run out of time. I also challenge those that have accepted Jesus as their Savior to renew your faith in Jesus. You can do … it is easy as ‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’.
The first step is to admit that you are a sinner. Then you must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, rose on the third day, seated at the right hand of the father, and all this was the price that He paid for our sins. After you have received Jesus as your Savior, you need to confess your faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. The best way to do this is to tell somebody else such as your pastor, or a spiritual leader. Another way of confessing your faith is baptism. (Romans 3:23) (Romans 3:10-18) (Romans 6:23) (John 3:16) (Romans 10:9-10)
So, in closing, who are your legends. If Jesus is not one of them, then you have no legends at all.
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