“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.” Mark 10:45
Listen: Mark 10
Jesus was a revolutionary figure. As we’ve walked through A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus, we’ve examined Jesus as a teacher, healer, judge, friend and savior. We’ve seen how he offers spiritual renewal by restoring the role of Israel, the Temple, Adam, and Caesar—proving himself to be the Christ and God. In this final week of the series, we see him tip greatness upside down by saying he came not to be served, but to be the servant of all.
In the epilogue, John Dickson concludes his book with these words, “Knowing Jesus, finally, involves a scandalous paradox: the one in whose face we see God also declared himself to be the Servant of all. No belief is more counterintuitive or revolutionary. If it is true, it means that at the heart of the universe is One who values humility above status, service above power, and generosity above privilege.”
With all the talk about establishing his Father’s kingdom, it is no wonder Jesus’ disciples thought he would overthrow Rome and rule as king. They did not expect to hear, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Mark 10:43). John Dickson writes, “If [you] truly believe this, nothing will ever be the same.”
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Read Chapter Fourteen of A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus underlining things significant to you. Download the lock screen as a reminder whoever wants to be great must be a servant, like Jesus.
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