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Mary the mother of Jesus had a very significant influence in the life of Jesus Many of Marys own words and sentiments as expressed in Luke chapter 1 are echoed in Jesus life ministry and teachings The concepts illustrated are 1 Servitude Luke 138 Here Mary states I am the LORDs servant The gospels make clear that Jesus took the same attitude 2 Humbling the prideful and exalting the lowly Luke 152 Jesus illustrates this through parables as well as his own actions 3 Filling of the hungry but sending the rich away empty Luke 153 This is again demonstrated by Jesus actions parables and the performance of signs miracles and wonders Servitude Jesus clearly teaches on and demonstrates the notion of loving servitude He says himself that he came as a servant Lk 2227c In Mark 1026-28 Jesus says that the greatest must serve Likewise he relates that the Son of Man referring to himself did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many The cross is an effective symbol illustrative of the servile work of Christ as redeemer Jesus also admonishes his followers to take up their own cross representing self-denying acts of servitude in order to find eternal life This notion is again demonstrated in John 131-17 34-35 at the Last Supper when Jesus washes his disciples feet and admonishes them to love one another Jesus also promises an eternal reward for such behavior Mt 1042 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones he is my disciple I tell you the truth he will certainly not lose his reward Humbling the prideful and exaltation of the lowly Jesus demonstrates the notion of the prideful being humbled and the lowly being exalted repeatedly throughout the Gospels most clearly in his open rebuke of Pharisees scribes and teachers of the law This party was pious
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