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Service Is The Only Thing

Jesus gave out a loud cry and breathed His last

Isaiah 50:4-7-; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1-15:47

Sermon Week Passion Sunday Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 15:37

A little boy attended a school where the students were permitted absolute free expression: they could do whatever they wanted to do. One day the boy complained to his teacher, "Do I have to do whatever I want to do?" When God invites us to rejoice in the freedom that comes with the obedience of Faith, He is not advocating that we do whatever we want to do. Rather He is saying, 'The way of life I have revealed to you in Jesus is the way of fulfillment for your life. I promise you that. It is for you now either to freely dedicate yourself to My way of life or to some other way." And when we choose freely to go God's way, we are saying, "Lord, I will freely obey because I have Faith in Your love for me. I believe in Your promise." Once we have done this, we can move into the discipline of the Christian life -- not out of obligation, but in freedom.

The mother of a fifteen-year-old girl was anxious about her daughter’s recently acquired independent attitude. Among other things, she had been spending most of her allowance on makeup and perfume, contrary to her mother’s instructions. Finally, the mother said to her daughter, “Didn’t I tell you not to use so much perfume? I can smell it a mile away!” “But mother,” the girl replied, “I love this perfume. It’s called ‘Gorgeous,’ and when I wear Gorgeous, I feel gorgeous.” To which the mother replied, “I wish you would wear one called “Obedient.’”

In the story of Christ's Passion, the gospel writers give us the supreme example of what the obedience of Faith really means. Jesus is in the garden of Gethsemane. He is agonizing over what lies ahead for Him. "My soul is very sorrowful, even unto death," He says to the disciples present (Mk. 14:34). Then He prays, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." And, in the events that follow, we see Jesus freely carrying out [...]

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