Mercy

 

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

– Mark 10:45

Jesus did not come to help those who help themselves, or to show a way of living by which we could try to save ourselves by serving God in a better way. He came to seek and to save the lost, and that, by giving his own life as a ransom for many. On account of his faithful service to us, as those justified through faith in his blood, we are confident that nothing can separate us from the love of God in him. Our hearts are therefore freed from trying to justify ourselves to love others, and our hands are therefore freed from trying to save ourselves to love and serve our neighbors.

Just as Holy Cross Lutheran Church is a place where witness is borne to Jesus through Word and Sacrament, it is also a place where his mercy goes forth into the world through acts of loving service. We exercise the various gifts and offices with which God has entrusted us to serve one another with the love of Christ.

We joyfully serve and give out of the substance with which our Lord has served and gifted us–locally, through our elders, grief support, and community service projects, and nationally and internationally, through gifts and prayers and organizations like LCMS World Relief and Human Care. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.