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Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:23:46 -0300
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COLUMN: FINAL PHASE

The More I Give Myself Again
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

  "The more I understand and contemplate
  Jesus' surrender of Himself for me, the
  more I give myself again to Him."
                          --Andrew Murray

The gift of God is himself. The focus of the New
Testament is this gift. Every line of logic, every
doctrine leads back to God's giving of Christ and
Christ's surrender of his life.

In his first epistle, John writes to the Asian churches
afflicted by false doctrines. He points to the binary
stars of God's nature: "God is light" (1:5) and "God is
love" (4:8, 16).

In both cases, light and love result in the gift of
Christ. From the light comes "the blood of Jesus his
Son [which] cleanses us from all sin" (1:7 NET). His
love was revealed (shades of John 3:16!), "God sent his
one and only Son into the world so that we may live
through him" (4:9).

Baptism and the Lord's supper, the former the entryway
into Christ, the latter the binder of brethren, both
focus on Jesus' surrender of himself for us, and
proclaim our surrender to him. Every baptism we see,
every supper we eat, causes us to appreciate anew his
and our surrender.

A woman with a bad reputation sensed how Jesus, still
in the full swing of ministry, surrendered himself for
others. With her immoral gain, no doubt, she had
purchased an alabaster flask of ointment and anointed
his feet.

Why?

Jesus said that "her sins, which are many, are
forgiven--for she loved much. But he who is forgiven
little, loves little" (Luke 7:47).

Jesus point is that this "spontaneous devotion" comes
from "one who is conscious of being forgiven
already,"/1 perhaps in anticipation of Jesus' actions.

"The greater the gift, the greater the gratitude," says
The Lutheran Study Bible.

Just so. And the more we contemplate and comprehend the
immensity of that gift, the more we will pour out
ourselves to him and for him. The more I give myself
again.
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1/ Laurence E. Porter, "Luke," in F.F. Bruce, ed.,
   International Bible Commentary with the NIV (1986):
   1199.

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