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Today's Devotion

Rejecting Jesus

  • August 24, 2019 | Mark 12:10

A cornerstone, also called a foundation stone, is important because it is the very first stone laid in a building. Structurally it is the stone on which the rest of the building is constructed. Jesus is described as the Chief Cornerstone of the church (Eph. 2:20).

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You may recognize Dr. Rosalie de Rosset as a Today in the Word Q and A columnist. She's also a writer, conference speaker, frequent guest at Moody Radio programs, and book club host. But her life's passion is teaching. In May, she celebrated 50 years of service at Moody Bible Institute as a professor of Communications and Literature. What a remarkable achievement!

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Theology Matters

Jesus Our Ransom

One notable feature of Mark's Gospel is his portrayal of Jesus as the servant of God. The theological center of this theme is found in Mark 10:45: "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Although Jesus was Israel's promised King and Messiah, He did not come to reign but to serve by offering His life as a ransom. This New Testament word speaks of exchange. In other Greek writings, it refers to the price paid to buy back a prisoner of war or a slave. The prophet Isaiah predicted that Israel's Messiah would come as a suffering servant. According to Isaiah 53:10 it was the Lord's will to make Christ suffer because this suffering was "an offering for sin."

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Today with the President

Counting the Cost

In our car we have an auto pass that allows us to charge the cost of tolls. Even better, it means I do not have to stop at the toll booth. This works well, most of the time. But one day, I realized that one of our kids had borrowed the pass, and it was nowhere to be found. I pulled into the change part of the tollway and began fumbling for coins. Ignoring the looks from drivers behind me, I searched our car and even the ground below the basket. Clearly, I wasn't prepared. I hadn't counted the cost of driving on that tollway.

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