Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent – March 20, 2015

Today’s Reading: Mark 10:32-45

In this text we have a contrast between Jesus and His disciples. Can anyone fulfill what Jesus speaks in Mark 10:45 except He, Himself? “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.”

Isn’t it fascinating how people squabble over what they think is important and forget the importance of this statement of Jesus? James and John want a special place. The rest of the disciples don’t want anyone to have a more important place. Jesus teaches them, “look at the gentiles who fight for all these places of importance. Yours is not their journey.” To the disciples He says, “You are called to serve, whoever wants to be great among you shall be your servant.” Today in the church, the Lord sends people to serve at His altar. This is a gift. Yet for all of God’s children today what is served is the eternal gift.

Yet I don’t believe the dull disciples, you and I, ever get it. Some 24 hours ago, my brother died. It was expected. But somehow as we look to the things of this world, Jesus’ statement becomes even more vivid. I have not come to be served but to serve and give my life as a ransom for many.

It is so comforting that Jesus serves His church at the altar and has served you by washing you at the font. Somehow chasing things here on earth, though vocationally necessary, can’t in any way offer the comfort of this child of Mary. Wait patiently for Him to help you in all of your sufferings here on earth. Yet know before you ask He is already serving you, His children.

 

Prayer: My song is love unknown, My Savior’s love to me, Love to the loveless shown That they might lovely be. Oh, who am I That for my sake My Lord should take Frail flesh and die? (My Song Is Love Unknown, LSB 430)

 

This devotion was written by Reverend David Steege, pastor at Concordia Waterloo and St. Paul Evansdale.

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