The King on Bended Knee
We would find it remarkably humble if the president or a ruling authority invited us over for dinner. Perhaps the remarkable nature of this event could only increase our astonishment if he himself served us, cleaned our dishes, wiped up our messes, cook our food, and hung up our coats for us.
Imagine if the king of a country came to your house for dinner, and offered to clean your toilet or change your car’s tire? What if he told you to sit and served you?
This is the counter-cultural reality that is in the gospel. The mystery of the gospel is that the King comes first on bended knee in humility before He comes again to bend the knee in Lordship.
The God Who Serves
In Mark 10:45 (ESV), our Lord tells us plainly why He came: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The coming of Christ was for our neediness. He serves us by suffering for us, saving us, and daily sustaining us. How can we glorify God more in our lives?
In the gospel, we are saved by the God who serves. God does not have a help wanted sign, but offers help to helpless sinners. God is self-sufficient in Himself. He is not “served by human hands, as though he needed anything” (Acts 17:25, ESV).
Jesus Christ came to suffer for sinners and to grant them eternal life. He brings us to glory. Jesus serves sinners in His suffering. The coming of Christ into the world was to serve sinners by dying for sinners.
The Glory of the Servant
When one is greatly ill and in permanent bedrest, the one who serves and cares and monitors their daily needs looks most helpful, most gracious, and most great.
In the same way, God is greatly glorified in His serving of us.
God is glorified not in self-sufficient living, but in God-dependent living. So that whatever you do, you do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
The needier the Christian, the more glorified Christ. Don’t live as though you are sufficient, instead live in the sufficiency of Christ. Live dependent upon the greatness of God’s sustaining grace.