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True greatness

By Reverend Wayne Pick
Trinity Lutheran Church, Grant

“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last and the servant of all.”–Mark 9:35
Most of us live like the fellow who thought himself indispensable to his family, his work, his community, his country, even his universe.
As he thought everything depended upon him, he felt very, very important. That’s why, when he caught the flu  and the doctor told him to stay in bed, he objected most strenuously. He simply had too much to accomplish; too many places to be; too many people to see.
Eventually, he was convinced to stay home, at least for a morning. He fell into a fevered sleep, the kind that is filled with all sorts of strange mental movies. In his case, he dreamed that he had entered the pearly gates of heaven.
The angels were scurrying around; papers were flying. The prayer phone rang on, unanswered, and nobody seemed to be in charge. Our man eventually spotted an angel with a mission. The angel slowly worked his way through the heavenly host, all the way to the Lord.
Standing before the throne, he handed God a piece of paper. God’s brow furrowed as He read. He was obviously distraught. Then God arose from His throne, wrung His hands, and said “Impossible. Unbelievable.”
The angel wanted to know: Lord, what is impossible and unbelievable?” God explained, “I don’t know what we’ll do. Our best worker has the flu!”
Most of us live like that fellow who thought himself indispensable to his family, work and all those around him.
The truth is, Jesus can never be replaced. He is the One this world has seen who is absolutely unique. “How so?” you ask. Jesus is the only-begotten Son of God. He is irreplaceable because He, out of love for disobedient humankind, stepped down from heaven so that He might be born into this world to save us from our sin.
Jesus is the only One who could live a perfect life and thereby fulfill the law of God which we have broken. He is the only One who could carry our sin. He is the only One who could die the death we deserved. He is the only One who could rise victorious on the third day. If we are to be saved, and God desires that to happen, it will be because, by the truth contained in God’s Holy Word aka the Bible and by the calling of the Holy Spirit, we believe on Jesus, our only Savior.