Mark 10 is a chapter of epic shocks to human nature. Whoa, no divorce except for adultery? Become as a little child? If that rich guy who has *everything* can’t make it to heaven, then how can I? What do you mean you’re going to die Jesus? Did James and John seriously just ask for the top two spots in heaven? Did he really just heal a blind guy that was basically calling him king?
Hidden in there is an even greater shock to the natural human senses. Jesus gives a mini-lecture on what leadership really means, and He says something incredible.
Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
The fundamental purpose of Christ’s life was not to gather fame, wealth, or power, but to serve. To give. To live for beings besides himself. He came to pour out His life as a way for us to be reconciled to God.
Totally unexpected from the most powerful being in the Universe.
It’s like the president realizing that there’s a poverty-stricken, war-torn village in Afghanistan where only he can make a difference to save the lives of the villagers. He knows that it will be hard for people to understand His motives and to trust him. He knows that there will be people that will hate him and what he stands for and try to kill him. He knows that he will leave the support structure that usually keeps him safe in hostile situations.
But he’s the one that can save them.
And even more than this, he knows that if his enemies do kill him as he helps the villagers, it will draw publicity to the situation and help the villagers even more, and that in the end his mission of love to the village will open hearts in the territory to the system that he represents and bring peace to a treacherous region. Epic.
Jesus made a much more epic transition from power to humility than the president ever could. He did it because He loves us. He loves me. He would and did make such a sacrifice to be able to take us to where He is now. He deserves our respect, our worship, and our attention.
Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.