Word’s of Christ from Luke
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. 2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Abraham’s recognition of the yet distant visitors;
His haste in approaching them
and prostrating himself before them as a servant should be understandable as Abraham recognized “The Lord.”
With these words we ended lesson 4. Today we will talk about quite a different “Servant of Christ Jesus.”
Our introduction to this “Servant of Christ Jesus” in Acts chapter 8 verse 1 is one of a persecutor of “servants of Christ”. The words we read are a statement of the approval of the death of a true servant of Christ.
Stephen while being stoned to death Stephen is a witness to those stoning him and to one of his persecutionors, Saul later called Paul.
Let’s explore what a servant is:
Websters New World Thesaurus gives these synonyms…
attendant, retainer, helper, hireling, dependent, menial, domestic, slave.
A servant is defined this way in The Student Bible Dictionary: One who belongs to another. Romans 1:1. Everyone is enslaved to something or someone, but choosing to be a servant of Jesus sets one free Romans 6:6-7; 8:2; John 8:34.
Webster’s Dictionary defines Servant as: a person employed by another to do domestic work; one who exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master, public servant, government official, slave.
In yesterday’s post, Christ told us if anyone wants to be “Great” in his eyes and the eyes of the Father they must first become a servant…
Here is what Christ the son of God had to say about those wanting to become “great”.
Matthew 20:25-28 “You know that the rulers of the gentiles, (That’s most of us including those rioting for freedom in the Middle East at present), lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give life as a ransom for many.
Back to Paul
On the way to Damascus to hunt for and arrest and imprison anyone he found there who belonged to “the Way” Christ’s voice and a bright Light flashed knocking Saul from his horse to the hardened stony ground.
The words spoken are: Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?
Paul realizing that this is a Deific appearance of some sort replies
“Who are you Lord?
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” he replied. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”
Christ gives Ananias the duty of going to Saul to inform him that he is the one chosen by Christ to suffer in the delivery of Christ’s message to the gentiles.
Talk about becoming a servant. What do you reply to a master who strikes you blind and tells you to go and you will be told what you must do.
Paul took the high road to the low road of suffering for Christ.
Here is an account of some of his suffering: Stoned at Lystra; stripped beaten (flogged) and imprisoned with Silas at Philippi; abused in Corinth; beaten in Jerusalem; tried before Festus; tried before Agrippa; shipwrecked on the Adriatic Sea; bitten by a viper at Malta.
This is the Acts account and some of Paul’s suffering as a servant of Christ.
Becoming a servant of Christ is not free of trial or sickness or suffering or persecution. It is the Master we serve and the Promise and provisions Christ made for our eternal welfare that drives us as his servants to honor him even if it means suffering.
There are places in the world where to serve Christ openly is a death sentence. Remember this when you next dawn the doors of your church. Pray for and help where you can those suffering for Christ today.
May it be well for your Soul, Servant of the living Lord Jesus Christ, The Bread of Life that who gave up deity and became man, lived, died and was buried and rose again.
33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty
41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
47 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life.
50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”
59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.
Passage #2 Lesson 5
It is Written: Man does not live on bread alone Luke 4:4