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 should note.
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 friends.
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 King.
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! We appreciate your Comments