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Sermon: 2007 - The Year of the Faithful Servant (Mark 10:45)

WHY DID JESUS COME TO EARTH?   His purpose should be my purpose

Mark 10:45  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

HE IS OUR EXAMPLE: Write this in your Bible: I _____ am a servant of the Lord Jesus

Colossians 3:24  …It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 

Matt 12:18  "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

THE ACTS OF A SERVANT: The servant does not choose his tasks, he only obeys what his Master says.

Luke 17:9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10  So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"

* Read through the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and notice His acts as a servant

THE CHARACTER OF A SERVANT: Serving God changes who you are

Matt 10:25  It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master….

THE ATTITUDE OF A SERVANT: Surrender, Submission and a desire to please his Master

Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

TO SERVE LIKE JESUS: Listen to Him and Follow Him wherever He leads you

Matt 17:5 …"This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

Acts 3:22  ….you must listen to everything he tells you.  

John 12:26  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Sermón: 2007 – El Año del Siervo Fiel (Marcos 10:45)

¿POR QUÉ VINO CRISTO A LA TIERRA? Su propósito debe ser mi propósito

Marcos 10:45 Porque el Hijo del Hombre no vino para ser servido,  sino para servir,  y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos.

CRISTO ES NUESRO EJEMPLO:  Escribe esto en tu Biblia: Yo, _____ soy siervo del Señor Jesucristo

Colosenses 3:24  … Es a Cristo el Señor a quien sirven.

Mateo 12:18 He aquí mi siervo,  a quien he escogido; Mi Amado,  en quien se agrada mi alma; Pondré mi Espíritu sobre él, Y a los gentiles [las naciones] anunciará juicio.

LOS HECHOS DEL SIERVO: El siervo no escoge sus trabajos, solo obedece lo que dice el Señor

Lucas 17:9 ¿Acaso da gracias al siervo porque hizo lo que se le había mandado?  Pienso que no. 10 "Así también ustedes, cuando hayan hecho todo lo que se les ha ordenado, digan: 'Siervos inútiles somos; hemos hecho sólo lo que debíamos haber hecho.'"

Lee Mateo, Marcos, Lucas y Juan y ve los hechos del Siervo

EL CARACTER DEL SIERVO: Sirviendo a Dios cambia tu persona

Mateo 10:25 Bástale al discípulo ser como su maestro, y al siervo como su señor

LA ACTITUD DEL SIERVO:  Rendido, Sumiso y deseoso de agradar a su Señor

Lucas 22:42 Padre, si quieres, pasa de mí esta copa; pero no se haga mi voluntad, sino la tuya

Juan 6:38 Porque he descendido del cielo,  no para hacer mi voluntad,  sino la voluntad del que me envió

PARA SERVIR COMO CRISTO: Escucha y Sigue a Cristo

Mateo  17:5 "Éste es mi Hijo amado;  estoy muy complacido con él.  ¡Escúchenlo!"

Hechos 3:22  …. presten atención a [obedezcan] todo lo que les diga.

Juan 12:26  Si alguno me sirve,  sígame;  y donde yo esté,  allí también estará mi servidor.  Si alguno me sirve,  mi Padre lo honrará.

WHY DID JESUS COME TO EARTH? ……. His purpose should be my purpose

Mark 10:45  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Porque el Hijo del Hombre no vino para ser servido,  sino para servir,  y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos cf. Matt 20:28. 

            Luke 19:10  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost

Matt 5:17  "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Matt 10:34  "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn "`a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--

Lk 12:49 I have come to bring fire on the earth, & how I wish it were already kindled! (NVI)  "He venido a traer fuego a la tierra,  y  ¡cómo quisiera que ya estuviera ardiendo!

John 12:47  "As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.

Luke 5:32  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."


* Jacobo y Juan picked the wrong examples see v.43

Matt 12:18  "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He aquí mi siervo, a quien he escogido; Mi Amado, en quien se agrada mi alma; Pondré mi Espíritu sobre él,  y a los gentiles [las naciones] anunciará juicio. 

* He is God’s son but He was also God’s servant

Isai 42:1  "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.

Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.

Acts 3:26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."

Acts 4:27  Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.

Acts 4:29  Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."

Rom 15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs

APP: In your bible write: I AM A SERVANT OF THE LORD JESUS

Luke 1:38  "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. (DHH) Yo soy esclava [sierva] del Señor

Col 3:24  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. sabiendo que del Señor recibirán la recompensa de la herencia. Es a Cristo el Señor a quien sirven.

Acts 26:16 `Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. (DHH)  Pero levántate, ponte de pie, porque me he aparecido a ti para designarte [ponerte] como mi servidor y testigo de lo que ahora has vistoy de lo que todavía has de ver de mí.

ACTIVITIES OF A SERVANT – absolutely everything was done as a servant to His Father

            * The servant does not choose his tasks, he only does what his Master tells him to do.

Luke 17:9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10  So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'" ¿Acaso da gracias al siervo porque hizo lo que se le había mandado?  Pienso que no. 10 "Así también ustedes, cuando hayan hecho todo lo que se les ha ordenado, digan: 'Siervos inútiles somos; hemos hecho sólo lo que debíamos haber hecho.'"  

In the contexto forgiveness (3-6 cf Mark 10:41)

APP: Read thru Matthew and see all the things Jesus taught about being a servant.

APP: Read thru Mark and se all the acts of service Jesus did

            APP: Read thru Luke and see how he prayed for his servants

APP: Read thru John and see how he modeled being a servant by washed their feet

CHARACTER OF A SERVANT – like our Master

Matt 10:25  It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!

Bástale al discípulo ser como su maestro y al siervo como su señor.  Si al padre de familia llamaron Beelzebú, ¡cuánto más a los de su casa!

Luke 6:40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.  "Un discípulo no está por encima de su maestro; pero todo discípulo, después de que se ha preparado bien, será como su maestro.

Heb 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. Y aunque era Hijo,  por lo que padeció aprendió la obediencia;

Phil 2:7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. sino que se despojó a sí mismo,  tomando forma de siervo,  hecho semejante a los hombres

            * Serving God changes who you are (Humble, Loving, Compassionate, Faithful, etc)

   Growth comes through serving God & His people & His people to be           

ATTITUDE OF A SERVANT – Surrender, Submission and willing Desire to please his Master

Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Padre, si quieres, pasa de mí esta copa; pero no se haga mi voluntad, sino la tuya

John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. Porque he descendido del cielo,  no para hacer mi voluntad,  sino la voluntad del que me envió

* The need for a change of Attitude/Perspective v.Mk.10:43…..Jesus was always working to change it

Their fear:

            If we don’t ask first, the others might get the top spots!

Common Fears:

If I am a servant I will be taken advantage of

            If I am a servant I will suffer


* Serving Jesus and serving others requires that you take your eyes off yourself

Listen to Him

Matt 17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love [whom I have chosen – Lk 9:35]; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

John 10:20 Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?"

Acts 3:22  For Moses said, `The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.' Cf Deut 18:15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.

Follow Him…..where He choses to lead you

John 12:26  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Isai 42:19 Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the LORD?

Isai 52:13  See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

Isai 53:11  After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light [of life] and be satisfied;

by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Matt 4:10  Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Matt 6:24  "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Matt 22:10  So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Matt 23:11  The greatest among you will be your servant.

Matt 24:45  "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.

Matt 25:14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.

Mt 25:19 After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them

Matt 25:21 "His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' 23 "His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

Matt 25:26 "His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?

Luke 19:13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. `Put this money to work,' he said, `until I come back.'

Luke 19:17 "`Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. `Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'

John 13:16  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Jn 15:20 Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also

Acts 16:17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved."

Acts 20:19  I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews.

Acts 26:7 This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. O king, it is because of this hope that the Jews are accusing me.

Acts 27:23 Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me

Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God

Rom 1:9 God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

Roma 7:6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Rom 12:6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach

Rom 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Rom 14:18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men

Rom 16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea.

Rom 16:18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

1Cor 3:5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

1Cor 4:1 So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.

1Cor 12:5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

1Cor 16:15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers,

2Cor 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

2Cor 6:4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

2Cor 8:18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.

2Cor 11:15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

2Cor 11:23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.

2Cor 13:4  For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you.

Gal 1:10  Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Gal 5:13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

Eph 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power.

Eph 4:12 to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Eph 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,

Eph 6:21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.

Phil 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

Col 1:7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our  behalf,

Col 1:23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Col 1:25  I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--

Col 4:7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.

Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

1The 1:9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

2Tim 1:3  I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

2Tim 2:24 And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness--

Heb 3:5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God's house, testifying to what would be said in the future.

Heb 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Jam 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.

1Pet 1:12  It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

1Pet 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

1Pet 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 11  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1Pet 5:2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;

2Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

Jude 1:1  Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:

Rev 1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Rev 1:6  and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Rev 5:10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."

Rev 7:3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."

Rev 7:15 Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.

Rev 11:18 The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth."

Rev 15:3  and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.

Rev 19:5  Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!"

Rev 19:10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Rev 22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Exod 21:6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life. (RV60)  entonces su amo lo llevará ante los jueces,  y le hará estar junto a la puerta o al poste;  y su amo le horadará la oreja con lesna [punzon],  y será su siervo para siempre.[toda la vida]

Deut 15:17 then take an awl and push it through his ear lobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your maidservant.

Bkc - 10:45. Jesus Himself is the supreme example of true greatness (in contrast with v. 42). The Son of Man (8:31) voluntarily veiled His glory (8:38; 13:26) and came as God’s Servant (Ps. 49:5-7; Isa. 52:13-53:12; Phil. 2:6-8) not . . . to be served by others but to serve them (Mark 2:17; 10:46-52; Luke 22:27). The climax of His service was His death as a ransom for many. He did this voluntarily, sacrificially, vicariously, and obediently (Mk 15:34).“Ransom” (lytron) occurs only here and in Matthew 20:28 in the New Testament. As “the price of release” it refers to a payment to effect the release of slaves or captives from bondage. It also includes the concept of substitution . People are captives under the power of sin and death (Rom. 5:12; 6:20) from which they cannot free themselves. Jesus’ substitutionary death paid the price that sets people free (Rom. 6:22; Heb. 2:14-15). The preposition “for” (anti), used in Mark only here, reinforces the idea of substitution. It means “instead of, in the place of” (Matt. 2:22; Luke 11:11; 1 Peter 3:9). Jesus gave His life (psychēn) in the place of many (Mark 14:24 where hyper, “for,” is used). “Many” is used in the inclusive sense of “all” (1:32-34; Isa. 53:10-12). It emphasizes how a large number derive redemptive benefit from the single sacrifice of the One Redeemer (Rom. 5:15, 18-19). Jesus’ death as a ransom extended beyond His own people to all peoples (1 Tim. 2:5-6).

JM - 10:45 Son of Man. See note on 2:10. did not come to be served. Jesus was the supreme example of servant leadership (John 13:13–15). The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:16) relinquished His privileges (Phil. 2:5–8) and gave His life as a selfless sacrifice in serving others. ransom for many. See Matt. 20:28. “Ransom” refers to the price paid to free a slave or a prisoner; “for” means “in place of.” Christ’s substitutionary death on behalf of those who would put their faith in Him is the most glorious, blessed truth in all of Scripture (Rom. 8:1–3; 1 Cor. 6:20; Gal. 3:13; 4:5; Eph. 1:7; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19). The ransom was not paid to Satan, as some erroneous theories of the atonement teach. Satan is presented in Scripture as a foe to be defeated, not a ruler to be placated. The ransom price was paid to God to satisfy His justice and holy wrath against sin. In paying it, Christ “bore our sins in His own body on the [cross]” (1 Pet. 2:24). See  2 Cor. 5:21.

Baker - Cf. Matt. 20:28. This has always rightly been regarded as one of the most precious of Christ’s sayings. Note “For even the Son of man,” clearly indicating that Christ’s humiliation in the place of, and for the benefit of, his people, must be both their example and their motivation. He is “the Son of man,” the fulfilment of the prophecy of Dan. 7:14. For a detailed study of the concept “Son of man” see on 2:10; and on Matt. 8:20. In himself and from all eternity he is the all-glorious One. Yet he humbles himself. He becomes incarnate, and this not with the purpose of being served but of serving. See also on 2:17. II Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:5–8; and I Tim. 1:15. The service which it was the Son of man’s purpose to render is described in the words: “to give his life as a ransom in the place of many.” “In the place of” or “in exchange for” must be considered the right translation here. The passage is a clear proof of Christ’s substitutionary atonement. A ransom was originally the price paid for the release of a slave. Jesus, then, is saying that he came into this world to give his life—that is, himself (see I Tim. 2:6)—in exchange for many. The conception of Christ’s death on the cross as the price that was paid, a price far more precious than silver or gold, is found also in I Peter 1:18, 19. With this compare Exod. 30:12; Lev. 1:4; 16:15, 16, 20–22; Num. 3:40–51; Ps. 49:7, 8; I Cor. 6:20; 7:23; Gal. 3:13; 4:5; I Tim. 2:5, 6; II Peter 2:1; Rev. 5:6, 12; 13:8; 14:3, 4. The phrase “a ransom for many” is in all probability an echo of Isa. 53:11, as the entire surrounding phraseology would seem to indicate. Now in Isa. 53 the idea of substitution predominates: see verses 4, 5, 6, 8, and 12. See also Matt. 26:28. It is, of course, perfectly true that this ransom “in the place of” and “in exchange for” many immediately implies that benefit accrues to the many. The two ideas “in the place of” and “for the benefit of” blend into one. How can we even for a moment entertain the idea that a ransom “in the place of” many would not be for their benefit? Besides, the very context states in so many words that by means of this ransom the Son of man serves the many. He rescues them from the greatest possible bane, namely, the curse of God upon sin; and he bestows upon them the greatest possible boon, namely, the blessings of God for soul and body throughout all eternity. See Isa. 53:10; Rom. 4:25; II Cor. 5:20, 21; Titus 2:14; I Peter 1:18, 19.

This “in the place of many” is very important. Not in the place of all but of many. Who these many are is clear from such passages as Isa. 53:8; Matt. 1:21; John 10:11, 15; 17:9; Eph. 5:25; Acts 20:28; Rom. 8:32–35. However also: not in the place of a few but of many, without any distinction as to race, nationality, class, age, sex, etc. (Rom. 10:12, 13; I Cor. 7:19; Gal. 3:9, 29; Eph. 2:14, 18; Col. 3:11). The glad tidings of salvation through the ransom paid by Christ for all who believe in him (Mark 10:45; John 3:16; II Cor. 5:20, 21) must be proclaimed to all. It must be made clear to all that God derives no pleasure from the death of the wicked but rejoices when the wicked turn from their wicked ways and truly live (Lam. 3:33; Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11; Hos. 11:8). A point that must be stressed is that the very wording of our passage (Mark 10:45), namely, “to give his life as a ransom,” indicates that Christ’s death for his own must be considered a voluntary self-sacrifice. It was not forced upon the Mediator. He laid down his life of his own accord. See, again, John 10:11, 15. That fact gives to this death its atoning value. Finally, the ransom price was paid not (as Origen maintained) to Satan, but to the Father (Rom. 3:23–25), who also himself, together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, had made arrangements for the salvation of his people (John 3:16; II Cor. 5:20, 21). The context must not be overlooked. Here in Mark 10:45 Jesus is teaching that his own willingness to humble himself to the point of giving his life as a ransom for many must be reflected in The Twelve and in all his followers. In his own small degree and manner every follower of Christ must, by God’s grace, show Christ’s love to others.

Wierbse - Servants Shall Be Rulers (Mark 10:32–45) The destination was still Jerusalem, and Jesus was still leading the way. As Mark wrote his account of the Saviour’s journey to Calvary, he must have meditated much on the great “Servant Songs” in Isaiah 42–53. “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed” (Isa. 50:7). We cannot but admire the courage of God’s Servant as He made His way to Calvary, and we should adore Him all the more because He did it for us. We must try to understand the bewilderment and fear of His followers, for this was a difficult experience for them and not at all what they had planned or expected. Each new announcement of His death only added to their perplexity. In the first two announcements (Mk 8:31; 9:31), Jesus had told them what would occur; but now He told them where His passion will take place—in the Holy City of Jerusalem! In this third announcement, He also included the part that the Gentiles would play in His trial and death, and for the fourth time, He promised that He would rise again (Mk 9:9). He told His disciples the truth, but they were in no condition to understand it. In the light of our Lord’s announcement of His death, we are embarrassed and ashamed to read of James and John asking for thrones. How could they and their mother (Matt. 20:20–21) be so callous and selfish? Peter had responded to the first announcement by arguing with Jesus; after the second announcement, the disciples responded by arguing among themselves over who was the greatest (Mark 9:30–34). These men seemed blind to the meaning of the Cross. Actually, Salome and her two sons were claiming the promise Jesus had given that, in the future kingdom, the disciples would sit on twelve thrones with the Lord Jesus. (See Matt. 19:28. Since Mark was writing especially for the Gentiles, he did not include this promise.) It took a great deal of faith on their part to claim the promise, especially since Jesus had just reminded them of His impending death. The three of them were in agreement (Matt. 18:19), and they had His Word to encourage them, so there was no reason why Jesus should not grant their request. Except for one thing: they were praying selfishly, and God does not answer selfish prayers (James 4:2–3). If He does, it is only that He might discipline us and teach us how to pray in His will (Ps. 106:15; 1 John 5:14–15). James, John, and Salome did not realize that it costs something to get answers to prayer. For Jesus to grant their request, He would have to suffer and die. Why should He pay such a great price just so they could enjoy free thrones? Is that the way to glorify God? Jesus compared His approaching suffering and death to the drinking of a cup (Mark 14:32–36) and the experiencing of a baptism (Luke 12:50; Pss. 41:7; 69:2, 15). It would be a devastating experience—and yet James and John said they were able to go through it with Jesus! Little did they realize what they were saying, for in later years they would indeed have their share of the baptism and the cup. James would be the first of the disciples to be martyred (Acts 12:1–2), and John would experience great persecution. Because their prayer was motivated by earthly wisdom, not heavenly wisdom, James and John aroused the anger of the other disciples and brought disunity to the group (James 3:13–4:1). No doubt the men were unhappy because they had not thought of asking first! Once again, Jesus tried to teach them what it means to be an “important person” in the kingdom of God (Mark 9:33–37). Like many people today, the disciples were making the mistake of following the wrong examples. Instead of modeling themselves after Jesus, they were admiring the glory and authority of the Roman rulers, men who loved position and authority. While there is nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness, we must be careful how we define “greatness” and why we want to achieve it. Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all” (Mark 10:43–44). God’s pattern in Scripture is that a person must first be a servant before God promotes him or her to be a ruler. This was true of Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Timothy, and even our Lord Himself (Phil. 2:1–11). Unless we know how to obey orders, we do not have the right to give orders. Before a person exercises authority, he or she must know what it means to be under authority. If Jesus Christ followed this pattern in accomplishing the great work of redemption, then surely there is no other pattern for us to follow.

Life App Bib - “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Many scholars think that these words of Jesus are the main focus in all of Mark. Why would the disciples have to be willing to serve? Because that was the example set by their Master. Jesus explained that he did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give. Again Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man. In Mark, the Son of Man is shown as receiving glory through serving and conquering evil through suffering. While Jesus is the Son of God, his glory was hidden in the form of a servant who paid the ultimate price to serve others: He gave his life. Paul later wrote: Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5–8) Jesus’ mission was to serve—ultimately by giving his life in order to save sinful humanity. His life wasn’t “taken”; he “gave” it, offered it up as a sacrifice for people’s sins. A ransom was the price paid to release a slave from bondage. Jesus paid a ransom for us, and the demanded price was his life. The Greek word translated “for” (anti) includes the idea of substitution. Some scholars think that the concept of substitutionary atonement did not begin with Jesus, but with Paul’s writings. However, here and in the words of institution in the Last Supper, Jesus showed awareness of his death as substitution. Jesus took our place; he died the death we deserved. Peter later wrote that the payment was not in silver or gold, but “the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18–19). That payment freed us from our slavery to sin. The disciples thought that Jesus’ life and power would save them from Rome; Jesus said his death would save them from sin, an even greater slavery than Rome’s. Jesus often told his disciples that he must die, but here he told them why—to redeem all (the word many does not mean “quite a few,” but “all”) people from the bondage of sin and death (see also 14:24). “Many” is a term used in the Old Testament (Isaiah 53:11–12) and in the Qumran writings to refer to the covenant community, the elect who will inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus’ words that he would give his “one” life for “all” people may allude to Isaiah 53:11–12 (Romans 5:19). Because Jesus willingly took the lowest place, he has the right to the highest seat in God’s kingdom. All who repent and believe can come to him.

Jesus came to minister to others for God, and His Spirit gives gifts to His people so they can do the same. Spiritual gifts are not given as badges of privilege or prestige but as tools for ministry. The Lord gives them to His servants so they can serve, and He gives them for a limitless variety of services. All gifts are for service, but the types of service are immeasurable

the essential reality in the Lord’s suffering—His substitutionary death

2cor 12:13-16 The Corinthians were, of course, Paul’s spiritual children (1 Cor. 4:15), and he willingly sacrificed himself for them. He would, he wrote, most gladly spend and be expended for the spiritual well-being of their souls. The superlative form of the adjective hēdeōs (most gladly) expresses extreme elation. Paul was not reluctant or hesitant to sacrifice for the Corinthians; he was thrilled, or overjoyed, at being able to spend and be expended for them. Spend translates a form of the verb dapanaō, which means, “to spend freely.” Mark 5:26 uses it in reference to a woman who had spent all her money on physicians, while in Luke 15:14 it describes the prodigal son’s profligate spending. Ekdapanaō (be expended) appears only here in the New Testament. It is a strengthened form of dapanaō and means, “to be completely spent.” Paul was willing to sacrifice himself for his people until he had nothing left to give. To the Philippians he wrote, “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all” (Phil. 2:17; cf. Col. 1:24). He followed the example of the Lord Jesus Christ

Humility is essential to true leadership.

Several factors combine to make leadership difficult. The first is fear of failure. Leaders’ failures are out in the open for all to see; there is no place for them to hide

In our zeal to serve, we often overlook a critical truth: The servant does not choose his tasks. Our concept of serving God may be doing what we would like to do—for God. We tell God what we will do for Him, and what we will not do; where we will go for Him, and where we will not

That Christ’s kingdom is of an altogether different nature and character from the kingdoms of this world is clear from His own teaching: “But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister; and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:42–45). And again, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36): observe He did not say “My kingdom is not in this world,” but “not of it.

Though a call of women into discipleship is not reported, it is clear that women followed him  “Serving” seems to be their specific form of discipleship

Jesus’ mission

He went on to tell His followers why He had come into the world.

God’s greatest desire is to give.

He gave nothing less than himself, and this for us, that is, in our interest and in our stead

Mark wasted no time giving that announcement, for it is found in the opening words of his book. Matthew, who wrote primarily for the Jews, opened his book with a genealogy. After all, he had to prove to his readers that Jesus Christ is indeed the rightful Heir to David’s throne. Since Luke focused mainly on the sympathetic ministry of the Son of man, he devoted the early chapters of his book to a record of the Saviour’s birth. Luke emphasized Christ’s humanity, for he knew that his Greek readers would identify with the perfect Babe who grew up to be the perfect Man.

John’s Gospel begins with a statement about eternity! Why? Because John wrote to prove to the whole world that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Son of God (John 20:31). The subject of John’s Gospel is the deity of Christ, but the object of his Gospel is to encourage his readers to believe on this Saviour and receive the gift of eternal life. Where does Mark’s Gospel fit in? Mark wrote for the Romans, and his theme is Jesus Christ the Servant. If we had to pick a “key verse” in this Gospel, it would be Mark 10:45—“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  The fact that Mark wrote with the Romans in mind helps us understand his style and approach. The emphasis in this Gospel is on activity. Mark describes Jesus as He busily moves from place to place and meets the physical and spiritual needs of all kinds of people. One of Mark’s favorite words is “straightway,” meaning “immediately.” He uses it forty-one times. (I only found 19xs) Mark does not record many of our Lord’s sermons because his emphasis is on what Jesus did rather than what Jesus said. He reveals Jesus as God’s Servant, sent to minister to suffering people and to die for the sins of the world. Mark gives us no account of our Lord’s birth, nor does he record a genealogy, unnecessary in regard to a servant.

Jesus affirmed His deity not only by forgiving the man’s sins and healing his body, but also by applying to Himself the title “Son of man.” This title is used fourteen times in Mark’s Gospel, and twelve of these references are found after Mark 8:29 when Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ of God (Mark 2:10, 28; 8:31, 38; 9:9, 12, 31; 10:33, 45; 13:26, 34; 14:21, 41, 62). It was definitely a messianic title (Dan. 7:13–14) and the Jews would have interpreted it that way. Jesus used this title about eighty times in the Gospels

How to Use Spiritual Authority (2 Cor. 10:7–11). One of the most difficult lessons Christ’s disciples had to learn was that, in the kingdom of God, position and power were no evidence of authority. Jesus warned His followers not to pattern their leadership after that of the Gentiles who loved to “lord it over” others and to act important (see Mark 10:35–45). The example we must follow is that of Jesus Christ who came as a servant and ministered to others. Paul followed that example. But the Corinthians were not spiritually minded enough to discern what Paul was doing. They contrasted his meekness with the “personality power” of the Judaizers, and they concluded that Paul had no authority at all. To be sure, he wrote powerful letters; but his physical appearance was weak, and his speech “unimpressive.” They were judging by the outward appearance and were not exercising spiritual discernment.

The Sublimity and Glory of the Servant, the final goal. Verse 13 sets forth the fact of His exaltation, telling of the end of His path of humiliation. His glory is seen in (1) His wisdom,-“shall deal wisely.” Compare 1 Samuel 18:14. “Prosper” is announced in 52:13; in 53:10 it is realized, though it is a different word in the original. He “shall deal wisely”; that is, in relation of the means to the end. He will show His wisdom in the selection of the means (the way of humiliation and suffering), to the end (His exaltation). He will use no false means, therefore He is wise. He first provokes horror by His deformed appearance, but later He incites wondering reverence,-first aversion, then adoration. So the Servant’s suffering is seen as His wisdom, as it is in the cross. Compare 1 Cor 1:18–31; 2:7–8. In Isaiah 57:15, Mark 10:32–45, and Luke 22:27 we also see God’s wise principles, so contrary to those of man. His sublimity is seen (2) in His exaltation. There are three expressions in verse 13 : “exalted,” “lifted up” (extolled), and “high very much” (enskied). The word that is used to express this in the Epistle to the Hebrews is “better”; better than the Angels, Moses and Aaron, a better covenant, a better sacrifice, a better tabernacle, etc. Thus He is exalted above all. Eph 1:21–23; Phil 2:9–11. Again, His sublimity and glory are seen (3) in His achievement,-“He shall prosper.” The word seems to have the sense not only of dealing wisely but of realizing a great end, or accomplishing a great purpose

The Perean Ministry Matthew 19:1—20:34 ; 26:6–13 ; Mark 10:1–52; 14:3–9 ; Luke 9:51—19:28 ; John 9:1—12:11  The Perean period of the ministry of our Lord receives its name from the fact that Christ upon His final departure from Galilee passed through Perea, ministering as He went; and after His arrival in Jerusalem He retired again to Perea until a few days before His Passion. As Christ left Galilee He sent out the seventy disciples on their mission (Luke 10:1–24). The parable of the good Samaritan and the events of John chapters 9 and 10 occur during the Perean ministry. After the feast of dedication in Jerusalem, some of the more important utterances of Christ are recorded. After the resurrection of Lazarus and the increased opposition to Christ which it aroused, Christ again withdrew into Ephraim. Until the time of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passion Week, Christ was not inactive. The Seriptures record the cleansing of ten lepers, the interview with the rich young ruler, and Christ dining with Zacchaeus. While at Bethany He was anointed by Mary. The period of His Perean ministry extends from the fall until the following spring of Christ’s last year

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