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A Slave Is Not Greater Than His Master

March 29, 2017

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A Slave Is Not Greater Than His Master

Most people  are not slaves  these days.     But,  in the past,  over thousands of years,  slavery was common.     According to the Bible,  there were even those  who sold themselves,  and their families,  as slaves  in order  to pay their debts.     Others became enslaved  by the victors  in wars.     Whatever the situation,  slavery was common  in Jesus’ day.     It was just an accepted situation.      Some slaves even had  honored positions.     There are a few places  in the New Testament  where masters are told  to treat their slaves fairly  —  and slaves are told  to be honest,  serving their masters well.

Throughout the New Testament, various believers  in God  referred to themselves  as God’s bond servant  —  or slave.     Mary,  Jesus’ mother,  was amongst them.     Her point was  to claim  a willing obedience  to the LORD’s will.

At Jesus’ final Passover supper with His disciples,  He washed their feet  —  just as a slave  would do.     Even though Jesus is God Almighty,  in the flesh,  He humbled Himself  to wash the feet  of those  in His creation.     That’s an awesome humbleness  —  to say the least.

Then,  in John 13:16-17,  Jesus taught His disciples  —  and us,

Truly,  truly,  I say to you,  a slave is not greater  than his master,  nor is one  who is sent  greater than  the one  who sent him.     If you know these things,  you are blessed  if you do them.

In other words,  as God’s creation,  and those who claim  they believe  in Jesus  and want  to serve Him,  we cannot claim  any more greatness  than Jesus did.     Jesus actually was God Almighty,  our Creator, Redeemer.     He humbly served us  by suffering and dying  on the cross  to pay for our sins.

We are  “not greater”  than the LORD,  our “master”.     We need  to remember that  and act accordingly.     God blesses those who humble themselves  in His service.

As we live  for our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  lead us  to live  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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