As we begin reading the gospel of Mark we see no genealogy. We do see Mark’s short declaration “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God…” (1:1). My reading today was Mark 1 – 14. And as we look at the gospel it can be quite apparent that this gospel presents Jesus as the Son of God, yet a servant to all who will believe Him.
In the era of the life of Jesus servants had no genealogy. I believe that is much for us to contemplate. We see Jesus, even when He needs to get away for prayer and rest; people coming to Him and He still meets their needs. That is at the heart of being a servant.
“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him, saying, ‘Master, we would that Thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.’ And He said unto them, ‘What would ye that I should do for you?’ They said unto Him, ‘Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory.’ But Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ And they said unto Him, ‘We can.’ And Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on My right hand and on My left hand is not Mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.’ And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 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 10:35-45 (KJV)
In the above account of James and John coming to Jesus seeking positions of authority with Him in His glory; we find Jesus also telling them that being one of authority means to be a servant to the people. Jesus was one who was that type of servant; even to the point of sacrificing His own life for the world.
In the 14th chapter we find Jesus in one of His final acts of service. Giving Himself to the religious leaders to be tried.
“And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with Him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.” 14:53
How can men try God? And be successful at it anyway? It seems to me that men still put God on trial everyday. In many hearts and minds He is still found guilty. Yet, He serves us with His enduring mercy.
Much could be learned by the religious and political leaders of our day by following the pattern of Jesus. Rather many if not most of them demand others their service and attention.
Jesus served us all the way to judgment by a mock trial, with lying witnesses, and trumped up charges. Yet He gave His life for those same people. He gave His life for you.
-Tim A. Blankenship