From In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard G. Lee
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. - Jesus in Mark 10:45
Jesus the Christ
The shortest of the four gospels, the book of Mark gives a crisp, fast-moving look at Christ’s service and His sacrifice. In His teaching, preaching, and healing and even as He hangs on the cross, Jesus ministers to the needs of others. Mark traces the steady building of hostility and opposition to Jesus as He resolutely moves toward the fulfillment of His earthy ministry—to give His life as a ransom for many.
The pivotal event of the book is Peter’s confession, “You are the Christ” (8:29). And so begins a new phase in Jesus’ ministry: He starts to strengthen and prepare His disciples for His upcoming death.
When Benjamin Franklin was confronted by a disgruntled American, complaining that his country had failed to provide him with the happiness it had promised, Franklin is said to have smiled and calmly replied, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Similarly, Jesus gave His life to ransom ours, but we must join Peter in confessing that Jesus is the Christ, and accepting Him as our Savior, if we are to receive the eternal life He has for us.
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life to pay the debt for my sins. Today give me an opportunity to tell someone about the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life that You have given me.
“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
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