The Price of a Slave

I want to greet you on this Lord’s Day in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.image

When our Lord was betrayed at the hands of Judas Iscariot, the price offered for the betrayal was 30 pieces of silver. In Exodus we find that 30 pieces of silver was also the price one would have to pay in retribution for the accidental death of a slave [Ex. 21:32]. The Lord of heaven and earth given over into the hands of cruel men for the price of a servant.

But it was Jesus Himself who said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” [Mark 10:45]  It was Jesus who stooped low with towel and basin in hand to wash feet. It was Jesus who broke the bread and gave up His body. It was Jesus who poured the wine and spilt His blood.

The Triune God has gathered us together on this Lord’s Day that we might continue to be served by Christ. His Word washes us from the inside out by the Spirit and from the outside in by the fellowship of the saints. The bread gives us strength and makes us one. The wine fills up our hearts with joy and thankfulness. We lift up the cup of salvation that the Lord might fill it to overflowing.

But God does not fill us today that we might slosh around throughout the week spilling drops of grace and love and mercy here and there as we go. God fills us up today that we might spend the next six days completely emptying ourselves into the lives of others. Everything He gives us we should give to another. Every drop of grace we receive should fall on another who is equally undeserving.

The Triune God serves us today that we might in turn, serve one another. AMEN!

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