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Be Served by Jesus; Serve Others in Jesus’ Name

Jesus told His disciples “I am among you as One who serves” (Lk 22:27).

His public ministry was just that, about three years of public service, three years of preaching and teaching, three years of healing and doing good; and His ultimate act of service was the ultimate act of self-sacrifice, when He bore the wrath of God on our behalf on the cross. That is part of the uniqueness of the Christian Gospel: God has done the most glorious act of service imaginable! He paid the debt and secured salvation for all who would believe! The message is not: ‘Serve God and perhaps He will be pleased enough to let you into Heaven’, it is rather: “Believe that you cannot give God the service He deserves; believe that you have failed to give God the service He deserves; and receive the service of the Son who gave His life as a ransom for many as your only hope of salvation.”

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Hope and Help in the House of Mourning (Eccl. 7:2)

Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to heart
. (Eccl. 7:2)

This proverb comes in a portion of Ecclesiastes that essentially argues, via a series of proverbial statements, that adversity can be more instructive than prosperity. There are times when sorrow is better than laughter (Eccl. 7:3), the rebuke of the wise is better than the song of fools (vs.5), and, as verse two states: it’s better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting (vs.2).

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