“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” – Mark 16:15-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: The sacrifice of Jesus did not just take away sins, that sacrifice is our example for service.
We have seen that from the words of Jesus, when he said in our lead text (Matthew 20:26-28) that “Even as the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”, He was referring to His work of salvation, that is, His death, burial and most importantly His resurrection from the dead. In other words, Jesus described His work as service and servanthood. So, the question that readily comes to mind would be, service to whom? Let’s answer this with a few texts in John’s synoptic account:
John 4:34 “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to accomplish his work”.
John 5:17 “But Jesus answered them, My father worketh hitherto, and I work… Verse 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the father which hath sent me”.
John 6:57 “As the living father hath sent me, and I live by the father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me”.
So from the few scriptures above, the answer to the question “service to whom” is service to what? The answer is service to God. Thus, it suffices to say that Jesus in the synoptic described himself as a servant of God. You will also notice from the words of Jesus in Matthew 20:26-28 and Mark 10:43-45 having described himself as a servant and his ministry as servanthood; he uses the phrase “even as” and “for even”. The phrase “even as” and “for even” implies that Jesus thought his work of salvation (giving his life a ransom for many); His taking upon him the form of a servant, His obedience, His humility which He described as servanthood, as the example of service for the disciples. Meaning, He uses His sacrificial work as an example of service for the disciples. What does this tell us? To be continued in next studies. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Jesus is our example for service; look at him!
PRAYER: Father, I declare that my eyes and focus are fixed on you who is my model for service, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The believers’ model for service is Jesus Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 20; EVENING: PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2