MATTHEW 20 – TO SERVE,  NOT TO BE SERVED

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as The Son Of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His Life as A Ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28

In Matthew 20, the mother of Zebedee’s sons asks that her sons be seated, one at The Right Of The Lord Jesus, the other at His Left in His Kingdom. As a result of this request, The Lord Jesus invites us to reconsider our view of positions of power. Usually, in this world, those who lead, exercise their authority, and want to be served; but The Lord Jesus shows us that this way is that of the world and not That of The Kingdom of Heaven. He tells us that he who wants to be great must serve others. What makes the greatness of a person according to The Way of The Kingdom of Heaven is one’s ability to serve others and sacrifice oneself for others. The Lord Jesus has shown us The Way by coming into the world not to be served but to serve, and giving His Life as A Ransom. He has indeed served men by teaching them and curing them of all sorts of diseases. He even washed the feet of His disciples. And in the end, He Sacrificed Himself for our sins. What a great example for us, Christians!

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