12/4/18 “Servant Jesus”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Mark 10:45.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45, CSB

Explanation:

There are many delightful things about the holiday season.  It’s enjoyable to take a drive and look at Christmas lights.  It’s festive to listen to and sing Christmas songs.  It’s exhilarating to open presents.  It’s warming to the soul to spend time with family.  These are all good things, but they are not what Christmas is about.  Christmas is about the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.  Jesus is the exact expression of God’s nature (Heb. 1:3) and is fully God (Col. 2:9) and He came to us when we could not go to Him.

According to our verse today, Mark 10:45, Christmas is about the coming of Jesus who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” These words are an expression of the meaning and purpose of Christmas.  Jesus came to serve.  He did not come as an earthly king would come, demanding a throne and people to serve Him.  He came, God in the flesh, to serve us.  No matter how exhilarating it will be to open the presents given to you this Christmas it won’t be as thrilling as the present God has for you.  Open your hearts today to receive the best present imaginable, Jesus giving Himself for you on the cross and serving you for all of eternity.

Application:

  1. Trust Jesus today instead of any form of self-help or anything on earth. Trust Him above all because He came to serve.  Trust Him with your life. Trust Him with your circumstances.  Trust Him with everything.
  2. Follow Jesus’ example and humbly serve someone today.

Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will e from 1 John 3:5,8

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