Summary: He came to serve others - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• (1). The Parable (vs 1-16).
• (2). The Announcement (vs 17-19).
• (3). The Mistake (vs 21-25)
• (4). The Example (vs 26-28)
• If there is one word in the English language that is sure to cause a debate when spoken,
• That word is “greatest.”
• In fact, take two people, any people,
• And you can always stir-up trouble by using this simple word.
• i.e. Ask any football fan who is the greatest football club,
• And watch the sparks fly.
• i.e. Ask two mechanics what is the greatest car ever made;
• And they will eagerly debate their opinion.
• i.e. Ask two people who the greatest prime minister or the greatest politician was,
• And they’ll chase that rabbit as long as they have breath to do so.
• i.e. Ask two Christians which is the greatest Bible translation.
• i.e. Or which is the greatest hymn book, or song?
• There is something about that word “greatest” that stirs something inside of us.
• Question: Why?
• Because greatness is something we aspire to, greatness is something we care about.
• In 1715, Louis 14th of France died. Louis,
• Louis 14th called himself “the Great,” (Louis le Grand).
• His reign of 72 years and 110 days;
• Is the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history.
• He was the monarch who made the infamous statement “I am the State!”
• Meaning he was the absolute ruler;
• And he did not have to share the power to govern France with anybody else
His court was the most magnificent in all of Europe:
• And his funeral was spectacular.
• His body lay in a gold coffin.
• To dramatize the deceased King’s greatness,
• Orders had been given for the cathedral to be dimly lighted,
• With only one special candle set above his coffin.
• Thousands waited in hushed silence.
• Then Bishop Massilon began to speak.
• Slowly reaching down, he snuffed out the candle, saying; “Only God is great.”
• TRANSITION: ‘Only God is great’;
• Yet the irony of Christmas is that the great God humbled himself;
• And entered our world as a weak, feeble, frail, dependent baby!
• And thirty years later when that baby became a man and started a preaching ministry;
• Unlike King Louis who to paraphrase his words said;
• “I do not need anyone, I depend on no-one for I am greatest”
• This preacher who was also a King (King of Kings) could say:
• “I am the greatest” – he had every right but he did not!
• Instead in Matthew chapter 11 verse 29 he said:
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
• Note: This is the only time in the gospels Jesus ever described his inner self;
• His character;