Words from the Heart for Sunday February 18th, 2018
Even the Son of Man did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free.
Mark 10:45 (NIRV)
He Came to Give His Life
It is easy to want people to serve us. We can feel that people owe us things. We may not be willing to help others unless there is something we will get out of it. Jesus set the exact opposite example. Although He was the Son of God, He did not come to be served. Rather, He came to serve us by giving His life as the ultimate price.
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It is hard to imagine the Creator of the world being a servant. We usually think of Him as the Almighty, all-powerful, majestic and holy God, all of which is completely true. How can a God like this take on the role of a servant? Jesus says this in Mark 10:45: “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free.” Jesus was driven by love. He knew that there was nothing we could do about our sinful nature. If we were going to be delivered from our sin and guilt, if we were going to be given a new nature that would allow us to stand before our holy God, Jesus needed to come and take the punishment we deserve. And so the Lord of the Universe became a servant, to serve us to the point of death. It isn’t difficult to serve someone who appreciates your service, but it is much more challenging to serve those who don’t care. May the Lord give us a heart of appreciation for Jesus’ servant heart.
These have been words from the heart.