Many people grieve. Many people have sorrows. Maybe you’re one of them. Do you face troubles you can’t handle? Are you in a crisis that seems to overwhelm you?
On Sunday Todd, an elder at Grace Community, preached a wonderful truth about Jesus that helps us in our time of grief and sorrow.
Jesus came to serve us.
Mark 10:45 says,
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Christ has absolute authority over absolutely everything, but He came to serve not to be served.
It is perhaps obvious, but worth noting, that Christ isn’t our personal servant – in the way of doing our bidding or following our commands – but the Lord’s. The will of God the Father informed every action of God the Son, even to the point of death.
So, what does the servant-nature of Christ have to do with our grief and our sorrows? The answer can be found in Isaiah 53, which is a prophetic response from the people of Israel for the coming Messiah.
“For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.”
Take comfort! By Jesus’ wounds, you are healed.
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