Words from the Heart for Wednesday October 23rd, 2019
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 (NKJV)
Canada’s Milos Raonic is one of the world’s top tennis players, and one of the reasons he is so highly ranked is because of his serve. Raonic is frequently described as having one of the best serves among his contemporaries. Statistically, Raonic is among the strongest servers in the Open Era, winning 91% of service games to rank third all-time. His overall winning percentage of 68.5% is one of the highest among currently active players.
In Jewish culture, a rabbi is held in high esteem. In Jesus’ day this was particularly so, and His followers would make sure that every need and want He had was fulfilled. They served Him and took care of Him. Which is why Jesus so often confused His followers. He washed their feet – that was unheard of. Mark 10:45 tells us why: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Jesus was so much more than a rabbi. He was a prophet, a healer, a priest. But He is so much more than any of these. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Alpha and Omega the great I AM. Since before time existed, He has been worshipped by the angelic hosts and He is worthy to receive all of that. But when He came to earth, He did so for one reason – He came to serve us by dying on the cross. Imagine. The King of the universe came as a servant, and a suffering servant at that. And all He did in serving the people He did it to prove how much He loved them. He would do that most powerfully and most lovingly on the cross.
These have been words from the heart.