In Matthew 20:28 we find that Jesus “come to minister.” First of all that means that Jesus pre-existed before He came to minister to us. From where, you might ask. He came from heaven where He resided with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Second, His coming shows His passion for us. Lust is unbridled passion. Lust is spontanious, uncontrolable and can be worn off in a short amount of time. (This is why many “love” relationships don’t last. When the lust of the flesh is satisfied if there is no real love, there is nothing left to hold the relationship together.) In His love or passion for us, Jesus persues us! And, when He gets us, He keeps us, inspite of our failing love for Him. Our relationship is with Him based off of His love for us, not our love for Him. Then, take a look at His Humility. Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve. Oh, if only you and I could learn this valuable lesson for our relationships inside and outside of the church!!! We have so grown accustom to getting our own way that often we don’t even see our selfishness or self-elevation! Jesus cared for the widow, orphaned, childress, broke, broken, sick, sinning, lonely, outcast, lowly people. People that we ignore, deny that exist or try to hide.
Jesus tells us in this passage that He came to minister to others and not have them minister to Him. The Greek word in this passage for minister means “To be an attendant – to wait upon, as in menially or as a host.” Jesus didn’t just do the easy stuff, He did it all. Jesus engaged and loved those we consider dirty, lost and unlovable. Prostitues and tax collectors were scourge of Jesus’ day, yet He loved them. His love for them brought them into a right relationship with God. These folks literally left their sin and began to follow Jesus in righteousness! Jesus blessed, loved and cared for women and children. In the time of Jesus and His disciples, women and children had no rights and few privileges. That were considered more like property than humans. Jesus elevated their position to equal status with all men! Think about this, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, washed the feet of the disciples. Only the lowest of the lowly slaves did such menial work. Jesus also taught that whosoever would be last here on earth would be greatest in heaven.
We live in a world of personal glory and comfort. Jesus had neither and sought neither. What about you?
What does Jesus give to you? His all. He lived as a servant, died as a sacrifice and rose from the grave as our – your Saviour! His reward is you and me!!!
Jesus was passionately on a mission of love to “seek and save” as well as teaching and miracles. What is your passion? What is your mission? Is it the same as Jesus’?