As we have seen in the current sermon series on the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was a man that was quite different than we are. He was unlike other teachers and prophets that had come before Him. Since He walked on this earth, there still has been no one quite like Him. As we have seen, Mark wrote his account of the gospel to give evidence that Jesus Christ was the Son of God (1:1). He wrote of the many miracles and healings that He had done.
Unlike other great teachers in history, Jesus gave evidence that He was more than just another man with intriguing thoughts and ideas. He was the ‘God-man’ sent with more than teachings on ‘how to live a better life’. Mark 10:45 (ESV) tells us, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Note the underlying focus. Jesus was ‘others-oriented’. Deeper still, the reason for this – man is in need. Why else would Jesus come to serve, and give His life as a ransom?
What we have seen in the Gospel of Mark is Jesus’ example of being ‘others oriented’. Not just for those of us here on earth. But He came as part of His Father’s plan of salvation for mankind. And what motivated Him? Love.
As His children, we are called to live our lives ‘others-oriented’ as Jesus did – for the glory of God and for the salvation of others. This morning I read and reflected on these articles and I want you to take time to do the same.
Do You Orient Yourself to Others?
Walking with you,