Saturday, December 8, 2018
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.”
The circumstances surrounding this verse involved two of the disciples, James and John, who wished to play “shotgun” and claim the heavenly seats on either side of Jesus’ throne. Naturally the other disciples became indignant with the two of them (and maybe even harbored some jealousy that they didn’t think of it first!)
Jesus reminded them that those who are regarded as rulers exercise authority and lord it over others. But that is not how the disciples should act. Whoever wishes to become great must be as a servant, even a slave of all. Then Jesus concludes, saying that EVEN the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.
The one who is most qualified, most set apart to rule is Christ himself. Not only did Jesus choose to be a servant, but he also consented to give away his very life for us all. Do we have any excuse for our human pride? None whatsoever. May we instead pause to again thank Christ our savior for going to the cross to be our redeemer and the means for our forgiveness.
Dear God, when I am tempted to push and shove my way, presuming that I “deserve” preferential treatment over another person, help me stop and listen to these words of Jesus, asking me to be a servant instead. Take away my pride that presumes I must be better than someone else and give me a servant’s heart like Jesus. I give you all praise that he chose the cross for my sake, to bring me close to you. Amen.