Gospel Identity #4 ~ Servant of God
So here is the fourth gospel identity I presented in my Sunday message at Grace & Truth, servant of God.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many
John 13:1-5 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Philippians 2:6-8 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
What do servants do? Servants take care of the needs of others before their own. Man, this is a hard identity to live out because everything in our fallen natures wants to be served. And society caters to our lust to be served. Everything is quick & easy – but being a servant is not. So we must look to Jesus again & again. Because He served us by giving Himself for us on the cross we are freed to give ourselves to others. So when we wake up in morning we should think of a towel & a basin. We are to serve our micro-community (the gospel community) & the macro-community (those who live & work around us). Jesus used some pretty plain expressions to make this clear. Light. Salt. These metaphors presume we are are going to dark places & loving on decaying people. Let’s serve those in our home, those in our church, & those in our city. Let’s go outside the camp with Jesus. And when our few days are over may we enter glory with really dirty towels!