Going Deeper 06.28.2021

An excerpt from yesterday's message...

With James and John and many of their contemporaries, we must learn that Jesus did not come to deliver God’s children from their earthly enemies by wielding dominating weapons of power.  He was not that kind of Messiah/Christ, which is evident in His words recorded later in Mark 10: "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." As N.T. Wright points out, “A crucified Messiah is by definition a failed Messiah. Everyone knew that the Messiah should be the triumphant warrior king.  Everyone, that is, except Jesus.”

Mark proclaims that Jesus’ ultimate title was “Servant King”, His ultimate act of power was to allow Himself to be crowned with thorns and nailed to a cross, and His ultimate mission was to establish a different kind of kingdom… a kingdom of servants.  More from Wright: “Mark’s message, the message of the Servant King, the message you and I have to grasp today, is that we are called to be followers of this Servant King, so that the victory of the cross may be implemented in the world. ‘Disciple’ means not just head-learners, not just heart-learners, but life-learners. We have to discover, through prayer, study of the Scriptures, and above all devotion to Jesus Himself such as we express when we come to His table, how we in our generation can implement the decisive victory which He won.”

So… who do you say Jesus is?  Do you say that He is your Savior?  If so, you are absolutely correct.  But is there more to say?  Do we dare say that our Savior is also our Lord, the one we love, follow, and obey?  And do we understand ourselves as citizens of the Kingdom of the Servant King, as servants who seek to love as Jesus loved by living a Jesus lived?  If not, now is a good time to start.

Together in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"

June 27 21.mp4