The Exalted Servant

<strong>The Exalted Servant</strong>

The Lord Jesus was not only the suffering, bruised servant of God, but He is also and more importantly the Exalted Servant.  Certainly Jesus was the suffering and bruised servant as He made His way to Calvary and to the suffering that preceded His crucifixion.  Dr. S. Lewis said, “That event is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ to which the saints of God through the past ages, the present body of believing men and women, and the elect angels constantly gaze in adoring gratitude.”  Jesus completed the mission for which He came to earth.  Glory to God most High!Let’s consider these Scriptures passages:Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth . . . (Phil 2:9-10 MEV)  God exalted Jesus and gave Him the name which is above all names.  He is worthy of honor, and glory.Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.  (Isa 52:13 NKJV)  Jesus surely did conduct Himself prudently [discreetly, wisely, carefully] on earth.  Here also, the Lord promises the exaltation of His Son.Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth.”  (Mt 28:18 CEB)  Jesus received all authority from His heavenly Father.He had become much greater than the angels, and the name he was given is far greater than any of theirs.  (Heb 1:4 CEV)  Jesus’ name is far greater than the angels.. . . who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.  (1 Pet 3:22 ESV)  In heaven, all angels, authorities, and powers are under the control of Jesus, the Messiah.On his robe that covers his thigh he has a name written:  King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  (Rev 19:16 ISV)  Jesus, alone, bears the names and titles mentioned in this verse.  So you see, we serve and follow someone who knows about serving and suffering, and received His reward and will enjoy His laurels for all eternity.  This is the Savior with whom we have the honor of being in relationship.  Let us rejoice in Him and give Him glory!

Spend Time with Your Family & Loved Ones

Spend Time with Your Family & Loved Ones

Remember how short my time is . . . (Ps 89:47)

But this I say, brethren, the time is short . . . (1 Cor 7:29)

. . . redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  (Eph 5:16)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.  (Col 4:5)

We must “redeem our time” according to these Scriptures.  What does this mean?  I believe it means that time is a gift given to each one of us by God, and that He wants us to use it wisely and responsibly.  We must rescue our time from barreness, and improve it for important purposes.  We must seize opportunities as they arise!  Opportunities to do good; to bless our spouses and children, and to spread the Good News of Jesus. 

I’m what’s called a “senior citizen,” and I can testify that decades pass very, very quickly.  You can hardly believe that it has all been spent so rapidly!  When people are on their deathbeds, they may think of the hours and the years that they misspent, and repent of it heartily. 

So no matter how old you are—life isn’t over until it’s over!  Value your time as the precious gift it is, and spend it with those whom you love.  Don’t make the common mistake of getting so busy with life and your unremitting responsibilities that you ignore your spouse, children, and relatives.  Don’t neglect your relatives and closest friends, either! 

You can’t retrieve the time that you’ve missed with your loved ones, and you may unintentionally hurt them by placing all of your attention and energies elsewhere.  So consider this a wake-up call.  It’s time to repent and to turn in the opposite direction.

Reassess your life and your priorities.  Determine today to share your time and yourself (your most precious gifts) with your spouse and children.  Play with your kids; talk to your spouse; share meals with your family.  Play games together, and plan vacations together.  Spend simple time together, and remember to let your family know—in clear words—how very much you love them and love to spend time with them. 

When you’ve done a lot of that, remember to make room to include your close friends into your family events and gatherings.  In this way, everyone will be able to connect, create memories, and to be blessed.