Ransomed for Many. Price of Redemption: Jesus #1

Son of Man – Jesus Christ

Jesus Teaches about Serving Others

20 Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. 21 “What is your request?” he asked.

She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”

22 But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?”

“Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”

23 Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”

24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 

28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28

References & reflections

[1] https://reflectionsintheword.org/2012/05/27/cross-cultural-cross-unmatchable-cost/
[2] https://flcshelby.org/series/the-cost-of-the-cross/
[3] https://www.slideshare.net/CliveAshby/new-testament-survey-no5-mark-his-gospel-account
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransom_theory_of_atonement

Precious Pearl of Great Price: Kingdom of Heaven #2 Mt. 13

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:45-46

Questions About the Kingdom of Heaven?

Related Readings

References & Reflections

[1] https://www.slideserve.com/bud/the-pearl-of-great-price-matthew-13-45-46
[2] https://www.gemsociety.org/article/history-legend-pearls-gems-yore/
[3] Matthew 13 and the Prophetic Parables about the Present Age page 128
[4] https://petersomervell.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/the-hidden-treasure-and-the-pearl/
[5] https://godinthebeginning.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/you-are-gods-pearl/
[6] https://pastorross1.wordpress.com/tag/pearl-of-great-price/
[7] https://dublinchurchofchrista.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/pearl-of-great-price-3/

Pearls unlike other precious minerals and rare gems are drawn from life in humble organic origins and spiritually symbolize wisdom earned through pain, polishing, secretion, refining and experiencing of the self to soul’s transformation. Appearing awkward on the outside, oysters are like followers of Christ and the church who have hidden in them glorious power of the Gospel and act as living treasure troves and pearls of spiritual wisdom deep inside
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