The call and purpose of every Christian is to serve like Jesus did. Unfortunately, The Church in this post modern area and western age has sercume to the spirit of consumerism. Our hearts no longer break over what God’s heart breaks over. We do not see ourselves as the extension of Christ’s life and love in the earth, His thankful servants; rather as pretentious and pompous judges. Somewhere along the way we have forgotten who we really are and why Jesus came in the first place.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus wasn’t a Popstar or a Supreme Court Justice.He was and REMAINS the Eternal Son of God, of one substance with the Father. He is God in human flesh yet He humbled himself and He, the Creator served His creation. Jesus came to give His life, not to better it. He gave it in exchange for our freedom. His life saved our lives and we are forever changed by His selfless love. It’s not as if The Lord Jesus didn’t deserve to be treated like a king. He was The King. He is King of kings and Lord of Lords yet he humbled Himself. I think that’s where it all begins. Humility. Let’s face it, the real reason why many of us set in the seat of Judgement is because we are full of arrogance and pride. Some how we have come to believe that we deserve His grace and forgiveness. That because we think that we serve Him, in exchange FOR our salvation. But the reality is we should serve Him BECAUSE of our salvation. Why is The Gospel such “good news?” Because God came NEAR. He bridged the distance between His Holiness and our Ratchedness. Between The Perfect and the Poisoned. JESUS CAME TO SERVE! He came to love and raise man again back to God and leave His blood and body in the Eucharist; that partaking of it we might eat and live. Jesus power and authority was undeniable. Unexplainable. But it flowed from a specific place…
“…he had COMPASSION on them and healed their sick.”
The greek word for “compassion” reveals a far more deeper meaning than just pity or a feeling of empathy. Compassion suggests a guttural connection. It is a sorrow for those who are sick and a service to the suffering! What moves you like that? What makes you cry? The Homeless? The abused and abandoned? The mentally or physically sick? Pain and suffering should awaken in us a desire to take of the robes of judgement and criticism and wash the feet of the world. I suggest that if there isn’t anything that has ever MOVED you like that you have never experienced truly being human. Truly being like God. He came to us when we could not get to Him. Not because He HAD to but because we needed Him to. You can’t wash feet and wear a judge’s robe.
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.