For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
As hard as it may be for us to believe, it is already April. Temperatures are rising, and flowers are beginning to bloom. It is the favorite time of year for many people. For some, it is a favorite because it marks (mostly) the end of the cold and the beginning of the warm. For others it is representative of a time of both literal and figurative renewal. But spring is exciting primarily because it is the time in which our Savior went to the cross. In that vein it is a time of suffering, of sacrifice, of blessing, of joy, of life, and, again, of renewal.
Paul tells the church at Colossae that “all things hold together in [Christ]” (1:17). It is therefore in Christ that we have our foundation. Christ is the one who is preeminent. His is “the name above every name,” in order that we might come to him in faith to be saved. It is Christ who, through his sacrifice, removes from us the stain of sin that would otherwise lead to permanent separation from God. It is Christ who is the source of a hope that is true and pure and real—hope that cannot be stolen from us by the world, and that cannot be vanquished by the circumstances we face in life.
Today we will look at our Savior as he approaches the last few days of his life. Next week, Devin will lead us in thinking about the perfect offering that Jesus made for our sins. Then, on Easter Sunday, we will celebrate together—again—the Resurrection and all the promise contained therein. Let us all enjoy being in the presence of God and in the fellowship of believers.