The Servant King

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We serve a mighty King. Think about that. We serve a mighty King. He is the creator of heaven and earth. He made everything we see, all of creation, and everything we don’t see, but only experience, such as emotions and the air and heat and cold. The whole universe was made by His two hands. This King we serve is mighty. He is mighty indeed.

But here’s the flip-side to this King: He serves us.

Did you catch that?

Our mighty King serves us.

That’s huge! He’s the King! He rules over everything! He is sovereign over all things in this world and the world to come! And He…serves us?

Yes. Yes, He does.

In Mark 10:37, James and John came to our Lord and requested that they sit at the right and left hand of Jesus in His glory. A lofty request, no? They wanted power in the kingdom to come, second only to Jesus. They wanted authority. They didn’t understand the whole idea of the kingdom that Jesus had come to create.

The above quote says that down is the up. Jesus’ kingdom is topsy-turvy. He takes the whole idea of what we know in kingdoms and life and turns the whole thing upside down. It’s an upside-down kingdom when we follow Jesus.

Here’s what I mean. In verse 42, Jesus explains how the Gentiles (the non-Jews; this term is later used in the New Testament to refer to all non-believers) lord their authority over the people under them. Not only that, but they take advantage of their high positions, forcing people to do their work for them. In short, they abuse their authority.

However, Jesus tells his disciples that it needs to be different with them:

“…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must slave of all.” (Mark 10:43-44)

We are called to be servants. We are to serve one another. Jesus states that it is in serving that we become great, that we gain power. This same sentiment is echoed later in 2 Corinthians 12:9 when The Lord tells Paul that His power is made perfect in Paul’s weakness.

Servanthood is the true form of power in this world.

And here’s why:

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (Mark 10:45)

Jesus, the King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, Son of the Most High God came to this earth, not to be served by His people, but to serve them. The Gospels are filled with examples, from healing, to teaching, to feeding, to washing His disciples feet, Jesus served His people every single day. Yes, they ministered to Him, especially the women who followed Jesus, but His ministry was to serve the people, His creation.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:3-8)

We should be servants to all because our King is a Servant King.

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