Reflection: Servant: When Jesus took on the role of a servant, this was a great challenge to the leadership model of the days in which He conducted His ministry. Jesus laid aside His majesty in order to show people the love of God, and how we should live and serve one another. It was prophesied in Isaiah 42:1-4 that Jesus would come as a servant, and in Mark 10:45 Jesus said this of Himself: “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”, and in Luke 22:27 Jesus said “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” But Jesus also modelled this role of servanthood through His actions, washing His disciples’ feet, a role left to the least of servants to honour visitors to one’s home, as an example of what this servanthood might look like in a practical way. At that time, the role of a servant was so foreign to the experience of leaders, that this was a revelation to some, and a challenge to others. We thank Jesus for showing us how He wants us to love one another.
For further reading see Isaiah 52:13-15
Prayer: We thank you God, for Jesus and His showing us how to demonstrate our love for you in loving one another. Help us to live our lives in service of you and those around us, that we might point them to Christ Jesus as the Servant-King. Amen