The Perfect Servant
By: Bishop Dr. E. A. Oladije
(Senior 2nd Commandant General CFN national G.O.C.)
Imagine a great king from a vast empire, with many servants and great riches. Now imagine that king leaving all that to live among the peasants of his kingdom.
Not just to live as one of them, but to become the lowest of all servants by serving them and giving his life for them. This is what Jesus Christ did when He left heaven and came into this world.
The apostle Paul wrote:
“Christ Jesus … being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:58 NKJV). The Lord said of Himself, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life a ransom for many” (Mk. 10:45).
Again He said, “I am among you as one that serves” (Lk. 22:27). This was His purpose for coming into this world. He was the servant prophesied in the Old Testaments Book of Isaiah.
There we learn of the character of the servant (52:17), the mission of the servant (49:1-7), the discipline of the servant (50:4-11), and the suffering of the servant (52:13-53:12).
In the New Testament, Mark’s gospel presents the beautiful characteristics of the perfect servant. Everything our Lord did was in service to His Father and those around Him. There are many examples in the gospel of the Lord’s service; John tells us that they could never all be written down (In. 21:25).
When we look at His life of dedicated service, we are both encouraged because He ids our model, and challenged because we are called to develop the same servant attitude (Phil. 2:5).