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The One True God, Jesus, is our Suffering Servant

Day Thirty
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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A name of God that has always amazed me, is Servant. (Matthew 20:28) Isaiah the prophet saw Jesus Christ, in His glorified state and was rightly afraid. Isaiah in his vision described Jesus as - the King, the LORD of hosts sitting upon His throne in heaven, and exalted with the earth full of His glory. To be our suffering servant, Jesus Christ willingly laid aside His right on this earth to manifest Himself visibly as God, which means that He stripped Himself of His glory and splendor.(Isaiah 53) How does it make you feel that the One True God would sacrifice so much to be your Suffering Servant? I feel absolutely cherished. And I am looking forward to eternity with Jesus. How about you? (John 14:1-3)

...I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim (angels) stood above Him...And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory..." Then I (Isaiah) said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined...For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts..." These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him (Jesus). Isaiah 6:1-6; John 12:41 NASB®

Why and how Jesus came to be our servant is best described in Philippians 2:6-8.

...who, although He (Jesus) existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. NASB®

The meaning of Philippians 2:6-8 is: The word form in Greek in this phrase - "although He existed in the form of God" means nature and character, not shape, as we would think. This means Jesus is the One True God. (John 14:7-11) Again the word form is used in - "but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant" meaning Jesus had the nature and character of a servant on this earth as well. The word emptied means - to empty oneself, to divest oneself of rightful dignity by descending to an inferior condition, to abase (humiliate) oneself.

Think about Who Jesus is; then realize He willingly stripped Himself of His self-interests, not His deity, when He was on this earth. He also let go of His rights as God, and willingly allowed Himself to be humiliated as a suffering servant, to the point of death on a cross. I don't know about you, but I try my best not to be humiliated. So the thought that Jesus was willing to be humiliated for me, humbles me. It makes me want to serve Him as He serves me. It also makes me understand the love that God has for me. How about you?

Jesus came to serve and not to be served. In Matthew 20:17-28, Jesus was explaining to His 12 disciples how God measured greatness. They thought of greatness just like we think of greatness today, which is having wealth, power, and to be over people. But Jesus contradicted their views on greatness, and stated greatness comes from being a servant. As Christians, we need to follow Jesus' example, and be great by serving too. (1 Peter 2:21-25, 5:5-6)

...just as the Son of Man (another name for Jesus) did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 NASB®

During the end times. Jesus Christ first came to this earth as a suffering servant, as we just learned. At His second coming to earth - He will be coming in all of His glory and splendor, as King of kings and Lord of lords to be our eternal sovereign ruler. (Daniel 7:13-14, Revelations 1:4-8, 12-18; 19:11-16) This coming is still in the future. This is when we will receive our glorified bodies that you read about in 1 Corinthians 15. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)


Life Application:

Read John 13:1-17. This story is of the last supper and Jesus washing feet. Jesus washing His disciple's feet reminds me that I need to follow His example and serve. How about you? Jesus states, you are blessed if you serve people, even the ones that are not pleasant to serve. Washing people's very dirty and smelly feet certainly wasn't pleasant. I have a friend who has made some awful decisions which have greatly affected her life. It would be so much easier for me to avoid her, and I have thought of that, but if I did, I would not be a loving servant, or friend. Prayerfully think of ways and write them down, on how you can serve your family, friends, and others better.

Write a paragraph on what it means to you that the One true God is your suffering servant.


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