Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.– Matthew 20: 28
The manner in which Jesus served mankind serves as an example to us. The notion that the sons of Zebedee should occupy a special position with the Lord (see Context) might at first seem a little outlandish. Indeed, even the other disciples reacted indignantly to the suggestion. However, Jesus did not condemn the sons of Zebedee for this. Although He denied their plea, He used the situation as an occasion to teach His disciples an important lesson: “Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant” (verse 26). He Himself—God the Son— had already made Himself a bondservant through His incarnation (Philippians 2: 6–8). He illustrated this in all clarity when He washed the feet of His disciples and emphasised that this service was to serve as an example to them (John 13: 15).
- God the Son abased Himself and took on the form of a bondservant.
- Following the example of Jesus, we turn to our neighbour in love.
- This is a sign of fellowship with Christ and the hope of our future participation in His glory.