April 7th 2009

The Lord Who Serves

“The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors’. But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as one who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves”.

Luke 22:25‑27 NKJ

History, both ancient and modern, is full of examples of rulers who have abused their power. Although some kings and lords may have been kind, they still expected their subjects to serve them.

In Luke 22:17‑20 Jesus introduced the Lord’s Supper as a special occasion that His followers would observe. It would remind believers of how the Lord of Glory sacrificed Himself for them, that the Son of God served them by laying down His life for them. Clearly the disciples missed the point of what Jesus was saying. Their minds were elsewhere. They were arguing as to which of them would have the most power.

This is when Jesus spoke the words above. Jesus, “the only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15), told them that authority does not mean “lording” it over others, but rather that it is an opportunity to serve. He set the example – He was among them as the One who serves.

How do we treat others who report to us at work? Or our children in our family? Or anyone over whom we have a measure of power? Jesus says don’t treat them like some tin pot dictator, but rather become a servant to them for their good.

Through His sacrifice Jesus, our Lord, humbled Himself and became a servant for our good. He served us then and continues to serve us now.


Great Father in Heaven, thank you for Jesus who set us the example of how to use authority. Thank you that He served us by laying down His life for us, and thank you that He continues to serve us now. Amen.

Study by James Henderson

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