Jesus: Servant Leader

Holy Thursday!  And what a day it was! When you face the difficult moments in life, it’s always comforting to know that there are people with you to give you moral support. These people are not those whom you see occasionally but they are the ones who are connected to you.

When Jesus was on this earth, there were many who followed Him for reasons that were important to them. Some wanted to see the wonders He performed; some followed for the loaves and fishes. Then there were some who followed because they recognized that He was God’s Son. His disciples were close to Him and stayed with Him even though the religious Jews wanted to kill Him. So they were about to celebrate the Passover together. Jesus knew that it would be His last meal with them.

Yet, in that moment, He gave the most powerful example of servant leadership; He took the time to serve his disciples by washing their feet. He was God’s only Son who was about to give His life; but He took the time to serve His disciples.  Then it was time for His last meal with them; today it’s called The Last Supper. This is the model for communion in our modern day churches.

As the evening wore on, Jesus said, “But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.” Luke 22:21-22 NLT.  Then the strangest thing happened; the disciples began to argue about who was the most important in the group.

That was the most unexpected outcome of the conversation; at this important moment in His ministry, they were more concerned about their ambition that what lay ahead for Him. Jesus asked, “Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.” Verse 27. They didn’t understand that His life was about service.  In Matthew 20:28, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The journey to the cross was one of service.  He was prepared to give His life for us.

Thought for Today: Friend, Jesus was a servant; follow Him.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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