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Reflection on John 12: Our Servant-King

posted Jan 20, 2015, 12:38 PM by solomon yang
Lord Acton observed, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.His acute observation is true enough. There are plenty of tyrants in the world. Leaders who exploit and oppress their people. Rulers who slave and sacrifice others to serve their own interest. How utterly different Jesus is, our Servant-King.

In His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is heralded as the King of Israel (12:13). And rightly so since He is the Son of David, the Messiah, who has the right to claim the throne. But in truth, Jesus is far greater. For this Son of God is the high King of heaven, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. All power and glory belong to Him. And yet, what does He do with all His power? Subject Himself to the cross.


Anticipating that dreaded hour, Jesus was deeply troubled. Nevertheless, He refused to ask the Father to save Him from that hour (12:27). Why not? Because He came for that very reason. The Son of God came to serve us. The King of glory came to save us. As Jesus explained, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark” (12:46 NLT).


Our King is utterly selfless. He is utterly self-giving. He came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. To redeem us. You and me. Not too long ago, we celebrated His birth. The coming of God to our little planet. He lived and died among us to produce a plentiful harvest of new lives destined for glory (12:24). May God open our eyes to behold our Servant-King and move our hearts to worship Him.


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