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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

JANUARY, 2016 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Why I Serve the Lord!”

I am retired now from secular work, having spent 29 years with a single company (actually serving the Lord while still with this secular company). I am often asked, “Why did you choose to serve the Lord?” This desire to devote oneself to this form of service seems to confuse many! On the other hand, it seems far stranger to me, why more people do not wish to devote themselves to serving their creator. I will attempt to explain!

The Savior of Man –

  1. Deity to Flesh

King David wrote: “What is man that You are mindful of him?” Psalms 8:4 In the entire universe and its mighty expanse, the answer to David’s universal question as to why God would notice man, a speck in all of creation, is to know that God demonstrated our importance to Him, by becoming one of us, and demonstrating His glory and purpose for our redemption.

The Apostle Paul would remind Christians of this fact:

Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Likewise, the Apostle John also reminded us of this same thought:

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

In this human form, the form would become sin for us, that we might know redemption (being bought back!):

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

This, He did for me, when I was a sinner!

  1. As a Man

Not only did He come to earth in the form of a servant, He also endured every form of temptation and trial this lowly form is constantly inundated with, so that He could truly be sympathetic and just.

Hebrews 2:17-18 “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”

Hebrews 4:15  “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

This, He did for me, when I was a sinner!

  1. As an Example

Knowing our weakness, He additionally provided a pattern that we should follow.

Hebrews 5:8-9 “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

This, He did for me, when I was a sinner!

  1. Abandoned

He came to His own and they did not receive Him (John 1:11). As His time drew near He would be betrayed by one of His own; even one of those He had chosen, taught, and cared for, would abandon Him. This coupled with the coming horrific death, that He knew would be (Psalms 22; Isaiah 53), brought an anxiety to His human form, that you and me have never known.

Luke 22:44 “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

This, He did for me, when I was a sinner!

  1. Sacrificed

His last night on this earth was the fulfillment of His betrayal. Arrested as if He were a common criminal, all forgetting the wonders He did in their presence. In the middle of the night, hidden from the common people and shuffled from one accuser to another; only false accusation was offered.

Abused at every turn in the vilest methods, spat upon by those He came to save, He was offered to the Roman authority for a final verdict. Even as the Roman governor could not find anything in Him worthy of death, but he found himself under threat if he did not render the verdict that the leaders wanted (John 19:12-13).He was offered to the whip-master to be beaten within the grasp of death and then paraded before the people in a death march to the site of His pending execution.

He, by whom all things were spoken into existence, was nailed to a tree of His own handy work. The cross of His death was raised into the hole and dropped in the very earth He spoke into existence. His crucifixion took place at the fitting “Place of the Skull” (Golgotha), which to everyone, was a place of disgraceful death.

Below Him, they cast lots (gambled) for His garments. His own people, who had long awaited the coming of the Messiah and read of Him in their synagogues every Sabbath; cast affronts at Him, as if He were as base as they.  Instead, He offered this: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:34.

This, He did for me, when I was a sinner!

After His resurrection (as demonstration that He was truly the Son of God – Romans 1:4); He would commission His chosen to go into the world, the very world that had just rejected Him, and offer them the knowledge of salvation, the very salvation that His subsequent death has now provided.

Mark 16:15-16 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

This, He did for me, when I was a sinner!

This is not church of Christ doctrine – this is simply the truth! This is why I serve the Lord, and I pray that all men come to a knowledge of this universal truth!!!

That is why I serve the Lord! What About You?