Committed To Serving Him

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were May Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.                – Matthew 27:56


It was the saddest day in the lives of those who followed Jesus. He had endured a sham of a trial, brutal beatings, then the cross. The crowds had deserted him and his disciples were nowhere to be seen. All that is recorded is that there were a few women who stood at a distance and watched. They had come from Galilee to care for his needs.

There was Mary Magdalene, the woman who many believe was delivered from demons and freed from prostitution. There was also Mary the mother of James and Joses and thought also to be the mother of Jesus. Then there was the unnamed mother of the “sons of Zebedee.” This mother had hoped that the Christ would have a special place for her sons.

All of those who stood watching from a distance had a vested interest in the one who had just died on the cross. It was this connection of concern that drew them to risk their own safety to care for the needs of Jesus..

Some have commented about the fact that they watched from a distance and have left the impression that these women were less than fully committed. The point is that they did follow him and that they were there to minister to his needs on the day of his crucifixion.

The message I see in this vignette is that these women were willing to serve the one who had so greatly impacted their life. These are the ones who went to the Grave early on the morning of resurrection to prepare the body  of Jesus for its final interment  and they are the ones who found the empty tomb. It was their commitment to Jesus that led them to discover the resurrection.

Their commitment to the Christ took them to their greatest sorrow and ultimately to their greatest joy. We all need that kind of commitment.

 Principle: We who are redeemed are called to serve the redeemer.

 Affirmation: I am committed to serving the one who died for me.

 Prayer: Lord, you gave so much and I give so little. Grant me the grace to commitment my life fully to serving your kingdom. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 85 – Esther 5-6 – 3 John – Proverbs 17

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