Serving in Love

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Jesus, greatest at the table, the almighty Son of Man,

Laid aside His outer clothing poured some water in a pan;

As the Twelve lay, hushed in silence, He the servant’s task began.

Marvel how their Lord and teacher gently taught them not to vie

As He humbly knelt before them dusty feet to wash and dry,

By His tender touch expressing true compassion from on high.

Jesus took the role of servant when upon that gruesome span,

For all human sin He suffered as a vile and loathsome man;

On the cross poured out like water to fulfill the Father’s plan.

Can we fathom such deep mercy?  Do we see what God has done?

Who can grasp this great reversal;  Love that gives His only Son?

Christ, the sinless for the sinners, for the many dies the One.

Jesus gave to His disciples a commandment that was new:

“Show My love to one another, do as I have done for you;

All the world will know you love Me as you love each other too.”

Hymn “Jesus, Greatest at the Table” by Stephen P. Starke

“But He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”  Matthew 23:11

Heavenly Father, grant us Your mercy and grace to love others even as we have been loved by You through Your Son, Jesus Christ, the greatest servant of all.  In His name we pray, Amen.

 

 

February 11 Silent Witness

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Exodus 32:1-33:23;  Matthew 26:69-27:14;  Psalm 33:1-11;  Proverbs 8:33-36

“Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus said, “You have said so.”  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.  Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear the many things they testify against you?”  But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.”  Matthew 27:11-14

 

Greatly amazed at…silence,

at no rebuttal,

no defense.

Silence.

Hear it?

Feel it?

The weight of it measured out

for my sin.

Speak a word of truth

and it might have changed

Pilate’s mind,

Changed the course of history,

Saved my Savior’s life,

but not mine.

Silence remained on His lips

willingly, obediently,

lovingly

for me.

What price, silence?

One life, for many.

Silence bought freedom

From God’s Word of wrath.

“Silence is golden.”

Thank you, Lord, for giving

Silence to me.

Lord Jesus, I thank and praise you for your amazing silence, your “Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost, but now and found, was blind, but now I see.”  Thank you dear Jesus.  In your name I pray, Amen.

“Shout for joy in the Lord, O, you righteous…

Sing to him a new song;

Play skillfully on the strings,

with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

and all his work done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the steadfast

love of the Lord.”

Psalm 33:1-5