Stuart preached a message a few weeks ago on the Servanthood of Jesus (for a fun synopsis of the sermon, see Katty’s post here). I remember when I first heard Stuart talk about this a couple of years ago, and it blew my mind. This time around, I was a little more prepared for it, but I still found myself undone all over again. What kind of amazing God is this?
I don’t have tremendously developed thoughts on this, but everything seems to be condensing around Isaiah’s Servant Songs to me right now (Isa 42-55). Justice will only be released on the earth because Jesus is a Servant (Isa 42, 49). Israel will be saved because Jesus is a Servant (Isa 49). Salvation is possible, because Jesus is a Servant (Isa 52-53). His Servanthood is His leadership. His Servanthood explains the entire history of salvation. He will still be a Servant when He returns. The Ruler over the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5) is also the Servant of rulers (Isa 49:7).
I can’t get away from these chapters. They keep coming up as I study for our commentary, as I prayer lead, and as I meditate. It’s totally revamping (again) the way I see leadership in general, and the Lord’s leadership in particular.
I’m sure you will see more thoughts on this in the days to come… hopefully a bit more coherent and organized. 🙂