A UNIQUE CHALLENGE
(The blog last night not posted because of a storm that knocked out the internet).
Many who study the Bible often refer to Mark’s Gospel as the ‘servants gospel’ because it brings out unique features of Jesus as God’s Servant to all. In Chapter 3, Jesus “called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him” (3:13). He was going to model being a servant to the twelve over three and a half years so that when He left, they would have a clear picture in word and practice what it means to be a servant.
For Jesus, being a servant meant sacrificial suffering and death He would receive at the hands of Jewish leaders. Yet, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). Was this attitude only for Jesus? Paul clearly says NO! “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (2:5). If we are going to follow the supreme model of being a servant, this is the kind of humility we must take on by us.
As Jesus extends the invitation to anyone to follow Him, we see Him use this same principle. “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mark 8:34). The following verses (8:35-38) help us understand what this mean?
· Walk in humility by putting Jesus first in everything.
· Accept the path (my cross) God has chosen for me as I follow Jesus.
· My life has no value apart from what I am in Christ.
· My faith in Christ is tested by what I say about Him and how I accept His words.
· A close walk with Jesus means that I will see the kingdom of God at work here and now.
The strength of our witness is found in following Jesus CLOSELY!
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