The Lord, however, in all His conflicts brought about by temptations, never fought out of self-love, that is, for Himself, but for all throughout the universe. He did not fight therefore to become the greatest in heaven, for that is contrary to Divine love. He scarcely did so to become the least. He fought solely so that all others might become something and be saved, as He Himself also declares in Mark,
‘The two sons of Zebedee said, Grant us to sit in Your glory, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left. Jesus said, Whoever would be great among you must be your minister, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be ministered to but to minister, and to give His life as the price of redemption for many.’ Mark 10:37, 43-45.
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I love this quote so very much. Gets me every time. So important to think about right now. Thank you!
The same quote as was used for Christmas last December, I see – and of course Christmas and Easter are closely related!
Haha. Oops. That’s what I get for just picking a favorite passage 🙂
“Jesus said, Whoever would be great among you must be your minister, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be ministered to but to minister, and to give His life as the price of redemption for many.” Mark 10:37, 43-45.
Swedenborg wrote (HH 408) that ” I talked to some spirits who thought that heaven and heavenly joy consisted of being important; but I told them that in heaven the greatest is the one who is least … I went on to say that heaven did not consist of wanting to be least in order to be greatest. People who do this pant and long for greatness. Rather, it means a heartfelt wishing better for others than for oneself, and serving others for the sake of their happiness with no thought of reward, simply out of love.”
God’s willingness to sacrifice Himself, the Word made flesh, was the greatest act of love the world has ever known!
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