February 26 – Served Or Served

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45 (NASB)

It has always been that some served, some were served, but the ones served never really served others. It was not that long ago a career in “service” might have been one’s only option. But it was not necessarily a career goal. Choosing one’s own way in life has not always been possible. The homes of the wealthy or at least those with the means had a servant or two. But Jesus Christ, the Son of Man who is our sovereign God did not come to earth as a man in order to be served by others. Even though it would be right, He came to do the serving. So throughout his 3 years of public ministry he taught his disciples and preached that service to others is our calling. As humans we find that very difficult and we might prefer our own personal servants. By example the ultimate service performed by Christ as to die and a cross carrying the sins of all in the world and pay the penalty that came with the sins. By service he made us free from being servants to sin and death and we were made servants to Christ to proclaim His name.

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January 29 – There is But One

“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NASB)

Have you ever needed someone to stand up for you or stand between you and another who has reason to hold your behavior or actions accountable? Some of us have had mediators plead our case for us. We hope our mediators are good at their job and can persuade the judge to decide in our favor. The Judge in our verse today is God our Father and our Mediator is the man Christ Jesus. The Anointed Son of God, Jesus. It is good and reassuring that we are promised here that there is one God. An exact translation is, “For (there is but) one God, and (there is but) one Mediator…” Also the promise that our Mediator, Christ Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all. And all who by faith believe Christ Jesus, will receive eternal life purchased by that ransom. There is not one God for this nation, one for another; one God for slaves and one for free men; one God for rulers, one for subjects; there’s but one God for all the race of Adam, the one and only true race. It’s wonderful that our Mediator purchased our salvation.

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