GOD THE SERVANT KING
The words "servant" and "King" seem to be at different
poles. We understand a servant to be one who has few
choices and is ruled, while a King is one who rules and
makes the choices.
Consider the scene of Isaiah 6 and contrast it with John 19.
Both show us Christ Jesus, although in very different
circumstances. In Isaiah 6 he is the King on the throne who
is worshiped. In John 19, he is the servant, dying for the
sins of the world on the cross.
We know Christ Jesus as a servant. The apostle Paul
reminds us that he "emptied himself, taking the form of a
bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men".
(Philippians 2:7). This verse indicates two things that we
First, it shows us that he was divine in nature before
becoming man. He is the King over creation itself. He
rules with absolute power. Not many who make it to the top
humble themselves, but that is exactly what Jesus Christ
did. Do you see the greatness of who he is? He stooped
very, very low.
Secondly, Jesus Christ became fully man. Some may
struggle with the fact that he could be both man and God at
the same time, but the fact is, this speaks to who he is. God
is able to do things we cannot understand, and he does so for
only one reason - love.
We can take much comfort in a benevolent King who does
not crush others selfishly. Christ Jesus is just such a
servant to mankind. Imagine, God the Creator is the
servant! How can this be? How can he be my servant, and
yet, he is. He serves us with the gift of his love.
John tells us that "Jesus, knowing that the Father had
given all things into his hand, and that he had come forth
from God and was going back to God, got up from supper,
and laid aside his garments; and taking a towel, he girded
himself". (John 13:3,4). Then he washed the feet of his
What motivates man to stuggle to be the greatest? Is it an
admission of his fallibility? God is different. Jesus knew
who he was. That enabled him to humble himself. "He did
not think that being equal with God was something to be
used for his own benefit". (Phil 2:6 New Century Version)
So, what is our response to the Servant King? We can trust
Jesus Christ because he has proven himself. He truly does
care. The pressure is off. The only thing we need to reach
for is God himself. This relieves us of all stress to attain
anything. We can be people who reflect the image of Christ
Jesus by serving, even though we are heirs of the great
As royalty (children of the King), we also love as we stoop
low by his very nature that is in us. Peter put it in a
wonderful way when he said:
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of
God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that his divine power has
granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness,
through the true knowledge of him who called us by his own
glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us his
precious and magnificient promises, so that by them you
may become partakes of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world by lust." (2 Peter 1:2-4).
Hallelujah to God, our Servant King!
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