Mmmm Japanese Beef Udon Noodles on a Freezing Day Mmmm
In Australia, we have awesome Asian Food because we are so close to Asia!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
At Bible College this semester, I’m eating big mouthfuls of the New Testament.
Jesus said, “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.”
If we believe our world’s news media, the goal for humans is to be rich, powerful and famous.
No one aspires to be a servant at the bottom of our social hierarchy!
The Bible takes a completely different view that is counter-cultural and anti-establishment.
The verse above is unique to Mark and Matthew’s gospel accounts.
It encapsulates Jesus’ mission so simply and yet so clearly.
Judea was under Roman colonial rule during the 1st Century AD.
The Jews hated Roman occupation of their land and paying taxes to Caesar.
They were hoping the promised Messiah would free them from foreign control.
They were looking forward to a mighty warrior like King David who conquered the Philistines.
They expected to live again in peace and prosperity under their own king.
Jesus was not the Messiah the Jews were expecting.
Jesus came from humble beginnings being born in a manger, not in a palace.
He liked calling himself the “Son of Man” to honour his human parents.
There was nothing about Jesus’ human appearance that was attractive or “kingly”.
He did not carry a sword or lead a rebel mob aiming to attack the Romans.
He was not a champion like King David who killed Israel’s enemies.
He was not surrounded by multitudes of servants, as most kings are.
Instead, Jesus was the complete opposite to everyone’s expectations of royalty.
Inexplicably, he came to serve, not to be served.
How many kings do you know who choose to be the lowest servant in society?
How did Jesus serve?
He gave his life as a ransom for many.
Everyone is captive to sin which results in death.
Jesus sacrificed his life to pay the price for our freedom.
He took the punishment that we deserved by dying in our place.
Jesus gave up his kingship and became a servant to save us.
God raised him to life again as King of the Universe.
Jesus offers eternal life with him after we die and exit this world.
Death is not the end for those who trust in Jesus.
No one can avoid death.
A common saying states that the 2 certainties on earth are death and taxes.
What will happen to you after you die?
Do you want to live forever after you die?
Who do you trust to save you?
mmmm Bible mmmm
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