Advent 2021 • Week Four • Day Three

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Verse of the Day

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:45

In the Gospel’s (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Jesus most commonly referred to himself as the “Son of Man.” In fact, if you were to Google it you would find the number to be more than 80 times, depending on Bible translations and sites posting such data.

The “Son of Man” is referenced in the Book of Daniel chapter 7.

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.” Daniel 7:13

Daniel 7:1-28 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Daniel%207:1-28&version=NIV

When Jesus called himself the “Son of Man” the Jews listening would have been reminded of the Book of Daniel specifically to chapter 7, Daniel writes of a dream, a prophecy about the end times, when “one like the “Son of Man” will come with authority to judge the world. Jesus claimed the title for Himself and all those who heard, were the first to hear that He has the right to judge humanity.

By being called and rightly given the title of the “Son of Man” Jesus claims His own humanity. Jesus left His place in Heaven, a place free of sin to be born into poverty, to work with His hands to provide food and shelter for His family. He lowered himself to be a servant to other, instead of being served. He humbled himself and was obedient, obedient to the cross.

Jesus, fully human and fully divine, experienced all the things humans feel; anguish, pain, sorrow, comfort, joys, celebrations, disappointments…why? what would motivate Jesus to leave paradise for humanity?? The answer is simple, so simply many do not understand or accept, LOVE.

God loved His creation so much He sent His Son to save us. Jesus, loves His Father and His creation so much, He came to us to save us.

Doctrine of Incarnation: God invisible, glorious, and untouchable took on flesh. For us. “Incarnation, central Christian doctrine that God became flesh, that God assumed a human nature and became a man in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity. Christ was truly God and truly man.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Incarnation-Jesus-Christ

CHALLENGE

Read John 13:1-17

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Take notice of how Jesus responds to Peter and Judas.

Why did Jesus act the way He did?

Jesus was teaching humility and service. We are all called to serve, we must seek and find the path set before us and continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus set the example for us to bow low in humble service, today let us imitate that behavior.

Who is God calling you to serve today?

Today, I am spending time with family making cookies and candies. I so look forward to sharing love, reminiscing about our lives and calling out loud the names of those who have left this life to begin their forever life with Jesus.

Share Hope — Share Joy

Show Kindness — Show Love

Prayer ~

Jesus, Son of God, my rock and my fortress. Thank you for your humanity, you taught us how to serve and how to love. Lord, forgive me when pride shows off it’s ugliness, teach me to serve with joy in my heart and a smile on my face. You Are Lord of All, in your name Jesus, Son of God, Amen.

➡️➡️➡️FOR FURTHER STUDY

Daniel 7:13-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Daniel%207:13-14&version=NIV

John 13:3-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2013:3-17&version=NIV

2 Corinthians 8:9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Corinthians%208:9&version=NIV

Philippians 2:5-11 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Philippians%202:5-11&version=NIV

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_man_(Christianity)#In_Christology

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.google.com/

https://www.google.com/search?q=verses+where+Jesus+refers+to+himself+as+the+Son+of+Man&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Incarnation-Jesus-Christ

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