The Tenth Day: Morning
This King Is a Servant (1)
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.
It is not too far-fetched to imagine a king who is a stranger to the people over whom he rules. But who can conceive of a king being a servant? It’s like talking about a giant pygmy or a square circle. The two simply don’t belong together. Everyone knows kings are not to serve, but are to be served.
Jesus Christ is not a typical king, and the Bible makes it clear He came to be a servant. He said it Himself: “… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matt. 20:28).
How can such a thing be? Jesus is such a great king that the Scriptures actually call Him “King of kings” (1 Tim. 6:15). If He is the greatest of all kings, how can He be a servant?
Let’s stop and think about servants for a moment. What pops into your mind when you hear that word? Do you not think of someone who has work to do? Do you not think of someone who is under authority and who has no will of his own, but simply does the work assigned to him? Do you not think of someone who has little or none of the world’s goods, lives in lowly circumstances, and has no status? Do you not picture someone whose life involves suffering, pain, and sorrow?
Do you agree these are the major characteristics of the servant? You will find that all of the characteristics of a servant are prominently displayed in King Jesus.
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