So we are now in the midst of Holy Week and, as we follow the the story day by day, the tension is building. We know what is looming on the horizon for Jesus and it can be hard to linger in those moments with him on the way to the cross. We are desperate to get to Easter and to that incredible celebration of his resurrection but first we have to go with him through the pain barrier of betrayal, fear, loneliness, denial, injustice, suffering and death. If we can bear to stay in those moments with him there is much to learn.
On Sunday, we had Robert Dixon with us from Operation Restoration. As we reflected on Jesus entry into Jerusalem, Robert spoke about the servant leadership of Jesus. I was struck by his reflection on Jesus own words about service which he said when James and John were angling to be the most important in the Kingdom:
“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant” Mark 10:43 (MSG)
I loved the way that Robert turned this verse on its head and encouraged us by saying that anyone can be great because anyone can serve. That applies to the youngest, the very oldest and everyone in between. Following Jesus doesn’t often lead us into greatness in the way it is traditionally understood. Not many people become rich or gain power or respect for being a follower of Christ, more often we are labelled as deluded or fanatics or foolish. Yet perhaps the greatness we are called to doesn’t look like that. Perhaps we are great in God’s Kingdom because we follow Jesus by serving in big ways and small. Perhaps doing great things for God is about checking on on our neighbour who lives alone, or including the child at school who is left out, or allowing the harassed parent to go in front of you in the supermarket queue or picking up litter on your way to church on a Sunday morning. Anyone can be great, because there is always someone or someway that we can serve. So let’s put that into practice by looking out for opportunities to serve as we follow Jesus the Servant King.
Tomorrow we get the chance to walk with together through another part of the Holy Week story in our passover meal. Please do join us if you can at 4:30pm for activities and 6pm for our shared meal.