The Son of Man Came. . . to Serve

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7


The King of Glory came to earth as a helpless baby.

The King of the Universe was born into a poor family.

The King of Heaven came on a night with no available comfort or ease.

The King of Creation took His first nap in a barn animal’s feeding trough.

Have you ever thought about why? If God is sovereign over all things (and He is); and if God ordained all the events surrounding this night (and He did); and if God could have provided any provision available (and He could have) . . . then why this?

As helpless as can be (infant baby), poorest of poor, no available rooms, and in the dirtiest place possible – a barn. I am assuming there was no Germ-X available either.


It wasn’t because God couldn’t do anything to change it. It was intentional. Completely and totally and purposefully intentional.

“The Son of Man came, not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

When He comes back a second time, the world will know who is King. But that was not the purpose for which He came the first time. He came the first time to buy the right to come back again as the Victorious Warrior. He came the first Christmas as a servant – to serve the world so the world could be saved. He came to give His life so we could have it. He came as a slave in order to serve us for our eternal good.

He didn’t come to be served. He doesn’t need anything from us.

He came to serve. Because we need everything from Him.

Oh come let us adore Him.


One thought on “The Son of Man Came. . . to Serve

  1. Brad Weinischke says:

    Though we may never hope to live up to the standard Jesus Christ gave us. The fact is that he lived among us to show us how we are meant to serve God. For me, there in lies the difference between a ruler and the creator. As humans we make the mistake of expecting our creator to exact his will for his own good. Punish those who need punishment and reward his followers. But a creator seeks what is best for all mankind, not just his followers. As his followers we must be careful to remember that what is best for us is not always the easiest or most enjoyable of paths taken.

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