Summary: Our Savior and Lord has given us an example practical Christianity that we should follow his steps in a submission, service and sacrifice of love.
Mat 20:20-28 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Looking at verse 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many, we observe the following:
The first part of this verse by Jesus puts the check on the opinions of many. Jesus did not come to be served! He did not come to live a life of ease and to have servants waiting to do His bidding. He did not come to keep His feet away from the mud, grime and toils of this world. He did not come for any of these but He came to serve. He humbled himself for though He was rich yet for our sakes He became poor so that we through Him might be rich. Though He was the Everlasting Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, He laid aside the regal cloak of divinity and glory. Though in the form of God He stepped down and humbled Himself. He was made in the likeness of man and a little lower than the angels, even though it was not robbery for Him to be equal with God. He humbled Himself to be born of a simple Jewish village girl. He humbled Himself to be born in a lowly manger. He humbled Himself and became a man! The greatest act of humility and abasement! The One Who made all things and by Whom all things consist in Whom dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Such a step down from Creator to become like the creature was a step down born out of Love - A SUBMISSION of LOVE!
The second part of the statement shows the real duty of Christ as a man; the Son of God as the Son of man! In His capacity as a man with the power of the Holy Ghost, He was approved of God and went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil. His work was a work of love. He lived on earth among men, moving among them, suffering like them, tempted like them. He is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He is moved with compassion and love. Such love is evidenced in outstretched arms and gentle voice saying Come unto ME all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest! Such love is shown when He looks upon a hungry crowd and says to His disciples "I have compassion on the multitude" then proceeds to provide a miracle by multiplying five loaves and two fishes to feed them all. Such love is evidenced in the healing of the blind men. Such love is evidenced in the raising of the dead son of the Nain widow. Such love is evidenced in His weeping because of the sorrow of Mary and Martha over dead Lazarus. He loved the children, all of them, and blessed them. When the ’religious right’ condemned a sinful woman, He put them to an open shame then forgave her. When others admired the rich and their wealthy giving His eyes were on the poor widow’s mite as he commended her act of generosity. He defended the rights of the poor who were being black-marketed by the temple sellers. Everywhere He went there were sick, diseased and demon possessed to be delivered. His ministry among men was one done out of love. Love vibrated and resonated in His every atom and fiber. His was indeed - A SERVICE of LOVE!