“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” Mark 10:45.
Writing to the militaristic Romans, Mark’s portrayal of Jesus is as a servant, who lays His life down. This was certainly not how these pagans would have viewed a god. The shortest gospel account, Mark skips the details of Jesus’ birth that wouldn’t have meant much to these gentiles and instead launches into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry teaching and serving the people. But more importantly, Mark needed to show how the all-powerful God in the weak flesh of man could, by His willingness to die on the cross, serve mankind in our greatest need. As One in such high authority, Jesus should have been served, but by giving His life as a ransom for many, He came “but to serve.” Then He tells us to be great, we must serve as he did. How fitting that Mark records a centurion, representing the audience he hoped to convince, declare at the time Jesus served us, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Do you serve Jesus as Jesus served you?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy