Called to Serve

Mark 10:32-45

There is a striking contrast in today’s Gospel lesson between Jesus and two of his closet disciples. Jesus is preparing them for his death. They were approaching Jerusalem where Jesus would die on behalf of all mankind in obedience to the will of God. It is the purpose he had been sent for and the purpose he would fulfill. He, the true servant of God and mankind, was seeking God’s glory and our good. 

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Son of Man, Son of God

John 3:13-21

The third chapter of John records a conversation between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus who was one of the most respected theologians of his time. Jesus tells Nicodemus that unless he is reborn from above by water and the Spirit, he can’t enter the kingdom of God. In the part of their discussion we read a few moments ago, Jesus mentions Moses and a serpent on a Pole, a Son of Man and a Son of God, people living in light or darkness, doing evil or truth, and receiving condemnation or eternal life. The things he mentions are all drawn from the Old Testament and all the passages would have been familiar to Nicodemus, but he had not fully understood them. Most Christians know John 3:16 by heart, but many of the things Jesus talks about are still a bit of a mystery to them.

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Wise Fools

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

Jesus once prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” The leading theologians of his day had missed the things he spoke of, but Jesus rejoiced that God had revealed them to simple, unschooled people.

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