“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
The past two weeks, I have memorized the previous verses:
“But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:” (Mathew 20:26-27)
We can argue our case of “why I can’t do that” or “why I shouldn’t be the servant” until we read “Even as the Son of Man came . . .” Jesus Christ – the One Who Created me – came to minister . . . to me! He willingly bowed so low that He left His glory to live in the filth of earth among the filth of men . . . for our sakes! If Jesus Christ did so much for me, who am I to say that I cannot do so much for Him and others? It is simply ridiculous for us to assume such a lofty position to refuse to serve.
A good parallel passage for Matthew 20:26-28 is Philippians 2:5-11: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
What verse are you working on memorizing this week?