A Servant - A Ransom
“whosoever of you will be the greatest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:44,45
These words of our Lord Jesus were a declaration of the great uniqueness of His ministry. His ministry was like that of no other religious leader or any other so-called god. The great uniqueness of Jesus’ ministry was the fact that He came to minister to those who were lower than He and in bondage to sin.
In His declaration of being a servant Jesus referred to Himself as the “Son of Man.” Not as Christ. Not as Lord. But as the “Son of Man,” which was a title of divine humanity. In Daniel chapter 7, it is written that all people, nations, and kingdoms “should serve Him,” the Son of Man. Jesus, the Son of Man, did not come throwing His weight around. The very One who had all the divine privileges put them aside for the needy. The Lord Jesus had the right to be served by everyone else, but He came clothed in the humility of humanity ministering first as a servant and a ransom for many before He ascended upon His heavenly throne were all should serve Him.
What amazing servitude by Jesus. In fact the word “minister” in our verse is the Greek word in which we get our English word “deacon.” So the Son of Man’s ministry was one of a Divine Deacon. We read in the bible about Jesus’ ministry of Savior, His ministry of High Priest, and of Lordship, but here we have His ministry of Deaconship. The Son of Man, the greatest of all men, humbled Himself and gave His life serving sinful men, which was without a doubt below His dignity.
During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions to them, but made no attempt to help. Asked why he was not helping by the rider, he replied with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The unknown rider apologized, dismounted from his horse, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. The job was complete and the unknown rider turned to the corporal and said, “Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your Commander-in-Chief, and I will come and help you again.” The rider was none other than George Washington.
Dear child of God, Jesus, the Son of Man, the greatest of all men, set aside His dignity and in His Deaconship He helped those who could not help themselves, and saved those in bondage to sin. The Son of Man’s Divine Deaconship found its zenith as a servant for all and a ransom for many.
David C. Hale, Pastor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org