One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the church lobby staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it.
The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside him.
Alex asked, "Pastor, what is this?"
The pastor said, "Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Tears filled the boy's eyes. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked...
"Which service...the 8:00 or the 10:30?"
We use the word "service" refer to a lot of diff. things in the church.
- We call our missionaries are "servants of the Lord."
- We call our pastors "ministers." That word means "servants."
- Deacon comes from a word in the Bible that means "servants."
- Even lay people will say "Oh, I'm just serving the Lord."
Maybe sometimes we wonder, "What's the point of all this service?"
But this morning we're going to see how our service to God relates to His service to us.
I want us to notice in these 14 verses how much language there is referring to the serving of a slave and the ruling of a King.
Look at the serving language:
v. 33- be delivered unto, condemn him to death, deliver him
v. 34 mock, scourge, spit upon, kill
This is what happens to slaves.
There are a couple veiled references that will look at in v. 38-"the cup" and "the baptism." Again in v. 39-"the cup" and "the baptism."
V. 43 "your minister" could be translated "your servant"
V. 44 "servant of all" could be translated "slave"
But also in this passage we see the ruling language of a king.
v. 37- Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory
Again in v. 40 "to sit on my right hand and on my left hand"
V. 42- rule over; exercise lordship over; great ones exercise authority upon
V. 43- great among you
V. 44- the chiefest
V. 45-be ministered unto
This passage is full of language referring to either the serving of a slave or the ruling of a King.
In Mark's gospel we see Jesus playing two roles. He's both the King, but He's also a servant. That's why I've called our series The King Who Serves. So far in Mark, we've seen Jesus as the King-casting out demons, healing the sick, feeding the multitudes, walking on water, raising the dead. All these are signs that He's King of the Universe.
But in this morning's passage we come to the theme verse of Mark's gospel-ch. 10, v. 45. Here we see another theme-the theme of service.
We see that Jesus becomes like a slave. Jesus is this strange and unusual paradox. Jesus is a King who serves.