“‘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'” (Mark 10:45, NLT).

"July 4th 1776. When our Declaration of I...

Entitlement is a touchy subject these days. On one side are those who feel entitled to every benefit they can get, either rightfully or by other means. One the other are those who believe we (at least those in the U.S.) are only entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with no guarantee of the latter.

When Jesus walked the earth, he could have claimed any or all of the entitlements he had as the son of God but he chose to be just like us, needing food, water and sleep. He didn’t call legions of angels to protect him from arrest, torture and crucifixion, even though they were completely at his disposal (Matthew 26:53). Jesus didn’t come to garner any of the things humans covet. He came to give himself away, in little ways as he walked all over the country and in the biggest way of all—laying down his life for ours.

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