Let’s get your family together and continue our journey through the Westminster Confession (for this devotion, you will need your Bible):
Let’s talk about marriage! Girls, would it be a good idea to marry a selfish man? Wouldn’t it be great if your husband only thought of himself all the time and made you work all day long so he could watch cartoons and eat candy at his mom’s house? No! Boys, would it be good to let a bully be mean to your family so you could be safe and lazy playing video games all day long? No! Nobody wants a husband like that. Nobody wants a daddy like that! What makes husbands and daddies great is when they are selfless! Everybody wants that daddy! This is why we love fairy tales where the prince slays the dragon and saves the princess.
Let’s start by reading Mark 10:35-45 together. It looks like the disciples were doing their favorite activity: arguing about who was the best. James and John thought that they should get the best seats in Jesus’ kingdom. They would have front row seats to watch all those Roman bullies come and kiss Jesus’ toes. It was gonna be sweet! But Jesus didn’t think so. Jesus who was the truly the greatest among them all said to His disciples: “You’re acting the same way the bad guys do! I came to serve by giving up my life for the my people.”
Wait a minute! How can you be great by serving someone, or by preferring them to yourself? That might mean that you wind up washing their feet or something gross like that! But actually, Jesus came to pursue for himself a bride… a wife. He gave up His life to rescue her from the punishment she earned. Do you know who that bride was? God’s people! When we think about daddies, what makes them great is that they think of mommies first! Jesus thought of His bride, came to earth to serve her, and rescued her from her sin even though she didn’t deserve it. He did all this by laying His life down for her. Jesus’ slew the dragon. Jesus will get the girl.
Why did Jesus become a man? To rescue His people! Let’s close by reading Ephesians 5:25-30.
- Let’s sing Jesus, There’s No One Like You together as a family again.
- Thank God for sending His Son for us. Thank Jesus for becoming a man and standing in our place.