Day 12 | The Servant King
Reading: Isaiah 53; Phil 2:5–11
The gospel turns life upside down. Maybe a better way of saying it is that the gospel says there’s an upside to the downside. Think about it. Gospel logic says that the first will be last, and the last will be first in the kingdom of God. Gospel logic says that if you want to be the greatest, you must be the servant of all. That doesn’t really make sense in our “climb the ladder” culture. Our world says that the more grandiose your title, the greater you are. The gospel says the more you serve, the greater you are. Why?
We can only find the answer to that by looking at our Savior, Jesus. He didn’t come as the greatest, waving a banner, with a hype crew following him around town. He paved the true way for his followers to walk. It is the way of a servant. As the Son of God, he was the rightful heir and king of the universe. However, the way he exercised his authority was through humble, sacrificial service to others. Jesus’s first coming demonstrates the way we are meant to live on this side of heaven. While his sacrifice resulted in our salvation, our sacrifices and servant-like lives are meant to point people to the ultimate Servant, Jesus, who saves those who trust in him.
Question: In what ways demonstrate the sacrificial service of Jesus for our family members this Advent season? For our church? For our neighbors?