His Standing, our blessing

Disciples of Jesus bear the name, “Christian.” It is a divinely given name for those who belong to Christ.

Jesus is our Master (Jude 1:4). Like many slaves of the first century, we take on the identity, character, and qualities of our Master (Matthew 10:25). We have no status of our own. Our will has been subsumed by his, our character has been shaped by his. We should echo Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Continue reading “His Standing, our blessing”

The humble king

The disciples argued just before Jesus left for Gethsemane on the evening of his betrayal, denial, and trial. The argument was an attempt to set rank. Jesus would show them what really mattered.

First, Jesus went to pray. He humbled himself before God asking the cup of suffering be taken away. Instead of the way some pray — raising a hand to God and demanding for help — Jesus said, “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Continue reading “The humble king”