Let’s Become The King Like Jesus
A. Let’s become a servant for all people (24-27)
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
a. Bad signs (1Cor 11:17-22)
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
b. Good direction (Gal 3:26-28)
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
c. Leadership that Jesus expects
B. Let’s become the king for all people (28-30)
28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus, though He was God (the unparalleled King), became the servant who serves all people and the food which gives life to all people. Believing and following this Jesus means that we also become the servant for all people, and live our life for others. There should be no form of discrimination or prejudice against others in this way of life. We are responsible of discerning what is right in God’s eyes. Although we cannot be always right ourselves, let’s focus on listening to Jesus carefully and desiring to walk with Him, just like the disciples who were often rebuked yet loved by Jesus.
1) What leadership does Jesus expect?
2) What does it mean that we become the king?