Our “All-Slave” Savior and King!

Our “All-Slave” Savior and King!

 

Mark 10:35-45 could be considered the ultimate servant passage especially when you combine it with the literal illustration that the Lord Jesus lived as seen in John 13:1-17

 

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Both the Gospel of Mathew and the Gospel of Mark record a time when James and John come to Jesus with a special request. They ask the Lord to let them sit on the right side and left side of Jesus when He becomes King. Matthew tells us that this was at their mamma’s encouragement. Here’s the deal the position of right side and left side of a King was a place of prominence and NOT service. The people that sat there were there to be SERVED!

Now of course the Bible tells us the other disciples were enraged, the Bible says “they felt indignant”! The nerve of these two asking such a thing! But my take on it is that they were really bummed that they didn’t think to ask first.

fishingboatEven the context reveals the other disciples were feeling the same way as James and John. “Wow, if I sat on the right hand or left hand of the King I would never have to serve again. No going out fishing for other people to eat, because they’d be catching fish, preparing fish and bring them to me! No more taking out the trash, I’d get to make the trash for others to take out.” 

I hope you get the picture here! These were men had worked hard all their lives and now payday was coming their way, they knew THE KingAt least they thought they knew Him. And in case you think I am making more of this then what was really happening, well let’s look at the context and we will see that all of the disciples were thinking their days of serving would soon be over. Mark 10:41 Hearing this (i.e. the conversation of James, John, Mrs. Zebedee and Jesus), the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.  Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them,

You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.(you get the picture they do not serve anyone!) 43 “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;  44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.

 The term “slave of all” represented the lowest of all slaves. The history and culture of the day tells us that even slaves had slaves. Everyone had someone to serve them except one. The “All Slave” was the lowest servant. He was the foot washer he served everyone, but no one was required to serve him.   

 

Then Jesus gives the ultimate trump card to the wishful thinking of the right hand left hand seekers by stating,

 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus served to the point of ultimate sacrifice! He became the “All Slave” – He will wash their feet to demonstrate this and He will lay down His life to secure this!

 

all slave2Think of this, the ultimate sacrifice of “All Slave” would be taking on the Duties of all the slaves of sin (Romans 6:20) and paying the price for those sins facing for us the wrath of God! “All Slave” becomes the Lowest so that we might gain the Highest! As our “All Slave” said,

 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Wow so take some time today and praise God for Jesus, My “All SlaveSavior and Servant King! -Pastor Mark