The camp I’m involved in has some wonderful women who come each year to serve a bunch of hungry kids and teenager, as well as the adults. Some stay and make sure we have plenty to eat and clean up our mess. Others bring us a variety of foods. These ladies know how to serve up life. They each display a servant’s heart grounded in the love of Christ.
The Gospel of Mark introduces us to the servant’s heart of Jesus Christ described by Paul in his letter to the Philippians, chapter 2.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men…(6,7)
Mark doesn’t tell us of the creator and sustainer of life beginning with His humble birth in a stable. He does what any good writer does and shows us from the beginning the work and heart of a true servant.
In Mark, Jesus serves up life by serving. He tells His disciples,
“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,
but to minister,
and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Jesus’s works reflect His words.
“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan… And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
In order to fulfill His purpose for coming Christ fulfilled the law of righteousness.
“My tongue shall speak of thy word:
for all thy commandments are righteousness.”
“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself, and became obedient…”
John did not feel worthy to baptize the Lord of righteousness, but,
“Jesus answering said unto him,
Suffer it to be so now:
for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.
Then he suffered him.”
Take a quick read through this concise Gospel to see the Servant serving. He straightway goes, does, and immediately someone or many are served by His doing.
“And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.” Mark 1:12-13.
God the Son suffered every form of temptation we face. He took on flesh, our weakness, to give us strength to overcome whatever temptation comes our way. We overcome because He did.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities:
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.”
His works show not only His servant heart but that of the Father. In all things Jesus obeyed the Father.
“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.”
In His greatest temptation, we hear Jesus first speaking to three of His disciples then to His Father.
“My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death; tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground,
and prayed that, if it were possible,
the hour might pass from him.
And he said, Abba, Father,
all things are possible unto thee;
take away this cup from me:
nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”
In Jesus’s humble obedience He served up life to the dying.
“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared:
Though he were a Son,
yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect,
he became the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey him;”
Even now, as Jesus sits on the right hand of God, He, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, serves our every need.
“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where,
the Lord working with them
and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
“But this man, because he continueth ever,
hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
And what does Jesus ask of us? Follow His example.
“but whosoever will be great among you,
shall be your minister:
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest,
shall be servant of all.
Keep in mind, the great only in this world know greatness for a short time. Those who serve the Lord have the honor of God throughout eternity.
“If any man serve me,
let him follow me;
and where I am, there shall also my servant be:
if any man serve me,
him will my Father honour.”
May we each have a servant’s heart to serve up life and love.