By Eddie Lombard.
42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We know that the Christian life is a call to service. We are called to be the servant of all (vs 43) just like Jesus was. What this lockdown has done, is challenge my motives to the core. At home there is no one to see me. There is no one to thank me. There in no one to applaud what I have done. So why serve? Why not just give up?
In Mark 10 we find Jesus in the days leading up to His final entry into Jerusalem. We see Jesus for the 3rd and final time telling his disciples that the ‘Son of Man’ was to go up to Jerusalem where He would be betrayed, rejected, condemned to death, killed on the cross and then three days later, rise again (vs 32-38). In v45 it is made clear that this path had to be taken in order to pay the price our sins deserved. Jesus came to pay with His life so that we could be ransomed. The price of the ransom was life; His life for mine.
This is the way of His kingdom. In fact, Jesus’ kingdom is called the upside-down kingdom. The King, the most important one in the kingdom is at the bottom, giving up all His rights and all His privileges to serve everyone else. The King deserves it all, yet he is hanging on the cross for us. The place, humanly speaking, of humiliation. But in His kingdom, it is the greatest glory.
Jesus was the slave of all, and we are called to follow the King’s lead.
43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
That is what we are called to if we are to be part of this upside-down kingdom. Jesus’ act of loving service changes us and then transforms us to serve.
Easter time is a very special time for us as Christians. We remember our Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing act of love by serving. He did not come to be served even though He is the king of the world and deserves all our worship. He came to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.
You and I are called to follow him.
- Looking back at the past week of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, thank the Lord for loving us in such a beautiful way by giving us His Son who paid our ransom.
- Ask that we would see the way to greatness in His kingdom is the way down: to be the servant of all.
- Pray that Jesus’ act of service would change us.