“And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.” (Luke 22:25-26)
One of the beautiful things about Jesus is that He values those whom others overlook. Within Jewish culture, the older children in the family were more noticable and recognized. This was not the case with Jesus, however, for He said that the greatest should be as the younger children. It is the chief, manager or top ranking executive that the world notices. Through Jesusâ€™ eyes, it is those who serve others, rather than being served, who are the greatest.
What is even more wonderful about our Savior is that He not only talked about this seemingly upside down concept, He lived it. â€œ…but I am among you as he that serveth.â€ The King of Kings and Lord of Lords humbled Himself to serve. We have heard this many times before but somehow we need to picture it in terms that make sense to us. Think of the youngest child in a family seeking to serve his siblings. Think of the lowest position in your company and those whom everyone tends to overlook. This is Jesus coming to serve us.
Jesus coming to us should put us in the servantâ€™s role but He did not come to us from the top but went to the very bottom of humanity as a newbord baby in a peasant home. He is the clasic example of service. If we are going to be like Him, we must live a life of service to God and others.