Every year Forbes magazine runways its “Celebrity 100” a list of the most famous people in the world. They seem to have it all—fame, power, influence, and applause. Celebrity worship can quickly develop into a full-blown case of envy.
For three years Jesus had been training his disciples to take the anti-celebrity path, the way of being unknown and un-famous, the path of secret goodness and simple acts of mercy. When Jesus recites the horrific details of His soon coming death, the disciples started scrambling for the best seats in the house. Jesus is going to the cross, and they wanted to be stars.
Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. She said, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom” (Matthew 20:20-23).
Jesus insisted on the right way to become “famous” was to forget yourselves and serve others:
Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave” (Matthew 20:25-27).
Jesus became our servant and slave by offering His life as a ransom. A ransom is a payment offered on behalf of someone held captive against his will. This is the opposite way of thinking for the disciples and for ourselves. We could easily fall prey, just like the disciples, and want to be first in line for fame, power and influence.
Jesus, as a servant, has taken our place and died the death we should have died. Jesus in His service of humility to us became the Famous One. By His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has permanently taken the spot light of Greatness.
By His grace, this humble King invites us to join Him as His guests on the stage of redemption.
In Touch March 7, 2015
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