A Bondservant Of Jesus Christ

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A Bondservant Of Jesus Christ

 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

 

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you (Jude 1:1-2 NKJV)


Doulos is the Greek word for slave.  Jude (or Judas but not Iscariot) clarifies right after he says that he is a bondservant of Jesus Christ that he too is the brother of James, brothers of Jesus (Matthew 13:55). Jude named himself by choice a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Why does it appear so important for Jude to start his epistle by calling himself a bondservant of Jesus Christ? Is it a title behind his name? Or is it a statement he freely made to let all his readers know who he is? Why is this "bondservant" thing so important that Jude begins his epistle declaring who he is in Christ?

 

When we read Exodus 21:1-6, we become aware that a bondservant is a choice one makes out of love to dedicate himself to serve his master forever. Why does he want to dedicate himself as a bondservant? Is it really a choice that he freely makes? Or does his master or anyone else intimidate him or threaten him to make his decision? Exodus 21:5 (NKJV) says, "But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free". Based on this verse, we know that this servant plainly chose who he wanted to become.

 

So doulos or a bondservant after Exodus 21 simply means that one chooses to disregard his own interests in order for him to be able to devote himself to another to serve him forever. This decision is made out of love and not out of any other reason(s). Jesus is the best example of a bondservant to His Father (Psalm 40:6 NKJV). Jesus serves His Father forever for he completely disregards His own will, emotions, and desires (Luke 22:42-44 NKJV). He puts His Father's will above His own making Him a true bondservant to His Father.

 

When Jude, James, Peter or Paul called themselves a bondservant of Jesus Christ, it means that they completely devoted their lives to Christ, His Word, and His will. They were willing by choice to disregard their own interests, will, and desire, put their lives at the cross and follow Christ forever. Yes, Peter and any other Christ followers were not perfect but they dedicated their lives to the fullest to follow Christ in all things. Being a bondservant of Jesus Christ, one needs to disregard his own interest, will and desire and love others the way Christ loves us, love Christ and His Words and follow Him all the way, so we can be forever where He is. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org