“Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ,” Jude 1
What a way to introduce yourself, a bondservant of Jesus Christ! A bondservant was a slave. Who wants to be a slave? We all want our freedom. Didn’t Christ set us free? Didn’t Jesus say that if we were set free, we would be free indeed? So, what is this bondservant nonsense? Well, there is a lot to it. Paul calls himself a slave, or bondservant of Jesus Christ in Romans 1. Are both Scripture writers nuts, or are we missing something? Mostly, we’re missing something.
We are more likely to attach ourselves to the Jesus sets us free part without realizing He sets us free to become slaves. What? Jesus sets us free from slavery to Satan and death by giving Himself for us that we in turn become His bondservants. However, too many of us like to dwell only the free part. Free now to live and do as we want. Uh-uh. We are free from death, but we are alive in Christ to live as bondmen to Him. Jude gives us a good introduction.
Dear Father, Help us to understand our right relationship to Christ. Amen
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