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You are the Son of Man

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

Matthew 20:28

I still actually have to get used to the fact that it is not first about me serving Jesus, but that Jesus serves me. That looks like an upside-down world. After all, isn’t the servant the lesser? And if so, isn’t that why, together with all God’s children, I am called to serve the Lord?


Yet, it’s still primarily about the Lord serving me, that Jesus has come to be a servant. That he is called Son of man has everything to do with this. God’s Son came to earth and became human. He came to participate in our human existence in order to ultimately save it, for his service went so far that he gave his life as a ransom for many.


Jesus himself is always the one who refers to himself as the Son of man. In doing so, he continually shows how much he was one of us. It is as if he is saying: “I am the offspring of a human being!” This is how he was among us to serve, to wash feet and to enable people to get up and continue their journey.


But precisely as Son of man Jesus is also capable of doing superhuman things. Just listen to what he says:


But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—”Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”

Matthew 12:8

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Matthew 19:28

  When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Matthew 25:31

Jesus is the Son of man. He is completely human. He came and dwelt among us to participate in our life and to serve us with his life. This is how I want to worship him.


Jesus, you are the Son of man. You became a human being on earth while you had so much divine glory in heaven. I worship you because you came as a human being to serve me and to lovingly give your life for me. I praise you because, as Son of man, you have the power to forgive and to judge. I look forward to your return upon the clouds of heaven. I now already see something of your powerful glory!

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You are God’s Mystery

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. . . that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:2-3

One of the nicest things I heard about the Lord is that he is a mystery. The danger is so great to think that you know who he is and how he is, and that there is nothing new to learn about him and experience with him. The fact, however, that Jesus is God’s mystery time and again undermines my smugness. He is always different again, always bigger again, always weaker again, always closer again and always further away again than I thought.


There is a way to be initiated further into this mystery without getting to know it perfectly, for there is always more to discover. Paul speaks about this when he writes to the Colossians about his desire to encourage them and to keep them knit together in love, for he wants that God’s children reach all the riches of full understanding. Full understanding is a lot and majestic. For me, this is too much and too majestic, and it therefore immediately takes the attention off myself.


My attention is focused on the Son of God, because insight and knowledge cannot be found in myself and also not in the world around me, but can be found in Christ. This is how he is God’s mystery because insight is not the same as information. Insight is about loving wisdom and loving knowledge about spiritual things that transcend my understanding.


If this is how I learn to know Jesus as God’s mystery, then a new world opens up for me, a world full of treasures of wisdom and knowledge. They are hidden in him and thus not up for grabs. I need to search for them, I need to discover them, I need to travel a loving journey with a heart that is focused on Jesus. This calls for a sincere faith that really believes that the son of the carpenter in Nazareth appears to be God’s infinite mystery. Time and again, I can allow myself to be surprised by who he is and what he says. Time and again it’s different and new. Never will I have come to the end of my contemplation and never will I be bored.


Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Romans 11:33

Jesus, you are God’s mystery, infinite in majesty and greatness. In you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I want to honor and know you. I want to discover and receive your wisdom and knowledge with all the questions and cares that occupy me. May this be the way in which I  increasingly arrive at my destiny of worshiping you.

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You are the Bridegroom

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The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:29-30

When it comes to worshiping Jesus, I would like to emulate John the Baptist. He teaches me to look at Jesus and know him as the bridegroom and myself as the friend of the bridegroom. As the friend of the bridegroom, I only know one joy and that joy is together with the bride hearing the voice of the bridegroom.


This is true for John in a special way. He has been called to witness to Jesus, to tell that the Father has a Son whom he dearly loves, and to proclaim that this Son is the bridegroom for the bride. This is how John enables me to discover that worshiping is also magnifying Jesus as the bridegroom and introducing him to the bride. Thus, it’s not about John or me. It’s about the bridegroom who is there for the bride. And I have the privilege of being a friend of the bridegroom, not so that I am the center of attention, but to focus all the attention on Jesus.


He must increase, but I must decrease.


The image of the bridegroom especially calls up a world of affection and unity, a world of desire and love. This is the reality we come into contact with when we learn to know and desire Jesus.


The Song of Songs, that love song so full of longing and delight, begins to resound in my heart:


My beloved is radiant and ruddy,

 distinguished among ten thousand.

His mouth is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.

Song of Songs 5:10, 16

The New Testament metaphor of the marriage between Christ, as the bridegroom, and the church, as the bride, also gives new dimensions to my worship of Jesus:


Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:25-27


The bridegroom completely gives himself to his bride. And the glory of the bridegroom becomes the glory of the bride. Loving and admiring Jesus begins to bear the fruit of holiness and purity.


Jesus, you are the bridegroom, the radiant Son of God, who completely gives himself to his bride and intensely longs for her. I want to love and admire you in your boundless and self-surrendering love for your congregation on earth. Create in this congregation and in me the glory of your purity and holiness.



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