Humble Servant

Published on: 5/11/2023

In the passage I wrote earlier, I highlighted that Jesus Christ came “to serve, and not to be served”.

Why is that important? And why did Jesus Christ keep emphasizing this point ?

Let’s break it down.

It‘s a key in the kingdom of God.

Why Jesus Christ didn’t use divine power to be exalted

Jesus Christ, being in very nature God, technically, could have used divine powers to be exalted.

But then what key lessons would we draw from that ?

That we need to be God or divine to be exalted ?

Which is why he preached, taught and lived to showcase this key in the kingdom of God.

And that’s being exalted by being a humble servant.

Before Jesus Christ came

This key was already there before Jesus Christ arrived.

So, it’s nothing new.

“He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.”

Proverbs 3:34

“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor”

Proverbs 15:33

Jesus Christ taught and preached it

Jesus Christ not only knew this key but he taught, preached it (and lived it).

“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Matthew 23:11-12

“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”

Luke 22:26

“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Matthew 18:3-5

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

John 13:15-17

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 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.”

Mark 10:43-45

Jesus Christ lived what he preached

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

Philippians 2:6-8

So, no one can say he was highly exalted because he was God or divine but he got there because he was a humble servant (and to teach us to live in the same way).

Fulfilling his purpose, and showcasing on one of the keys in the kingdom of God by living it.

Glory to the Most High