Servant’s Words, Servant’s Hands, Servant’s Heart
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” John 5:30
Jesus was a man, a free agent with the ability to choose His words, His ways (actions) and His thoughts. At every point in time, during His earthly life, His life was held in His own hands to do with as He pleased, just like every human being. He was not constrained by anyone outside of Himself to be perfectly pleasing to God. He had every opportunity, as every man, to be tempted to sin. Some will say, yes, He was a man, but He was also God. That’s why He could resist sin.
Yes, He was God. But He was God who willfully laid aside His Godhead His glory) in order to live among men as a normal, vulnerable human being born with all the human nature of man drawn by human DNA through His natural human birth to be not only capable of sin, but to eagerly desire to fulfill that nature in Himself all the time.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
He knew every passion of every human being that ever lived or ever will live. In order to be tempted as we are, He had to know the burning desire of every human heart for the most base human pleasures and instincts to indulge in all kinds of sin and every noble passion to be willing to lay down His life for those He loved.
He knew the ecstasy of being the ultimate hero and He knew the agony of being the worst sinner though He never sinned. He must have been continually on the verge of torment with all kinds of thoughts running through His mind and the pull of His emotions toward evil desires and unholy engagements to satisfy the desires of the human heart.
In the wilderness where He was tempted for 40 days and nights, at any moment He could have given into the desires of His flesh. But, had he done so, He would have failed in His mission from God to redeem us from our sin and we would have been dead in our sin for all eternity, alone isolated from God and dying only to live in eternal torment in hell.
What held Him and strengthened Him to resist unto blood striving against sin and succumbing to temptation? The answer in a moment.
As born again children of God we are admonished to possess the same mindset as Jesus had in His relationship to the Father, in fact it is a declaration from God that even now we have the mind of Christ.
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
So, then we are commanded to consider ourselves one with the Father and one with Jesus in our thoughts (mind) and as a result in our words and actions.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
In order to more fully grasp the weight of meaning in this passage, read it in the Amplified translation.
“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!” Philippians 2:5-8 AMP
Wow! God is calling us to think of ourselves in such profound terms as equality with God, to the extent that we willfully lay aside all that we possess of our kingly, priestly ordination from Him in order to be servants of His purposes here on earth, fulfilling the great commission Jesus gave to us to go into all the world and preach the gospel and make disciples of all men and women.
But, there is even more to this mindset of Christ that we have at our disposal.
But let’s get back to Jesus being tempted in all points as every other man, every human being, all mankind, but yet without sin.
How did He do it?
Jesus identified with every expression of the fallen human nature in the temptations He endured. So, no man has any excuse or can say with any truth that his or her circumstance of life is unique or that Jesus didn’t go through or face what they have faced in their lives. From the vilest to the most holy and humble He experienced it all. And He did so without the glory that He had when He was with the Father in Heaven before He was born on earth as a man.
The temptations He suffered, but did not succumb to, was the direct result of one thing, that is available to every believer. That one thing is the Word of God that was so rich in His heart that it was all He had to call on to defend Himself from the devil. And thank God it was all He needed.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
His physical strength was drained through fasting when the devil came to tempt Him. His mental and emotional strength was depleted through the absence of all other human contact and the barrenness of His physical surroundings. All that He had to draw on were two things, 1) His desire to please His Father and 2) The Word of God in His heart.
So, out of the abundance of His heart, He spoke. He spoke the Word and that Word exploded the darkness that came to destroy Him. When the devil would come with a corruption of the truth to tempt Him, Jesus would counter and obliterate the temptation by answering, “It is written…” (See Matthew 4:1-11) And this He spoke every time HE was tempted until the devil departed from Him.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
The liar will not stay around long when the Word of God is cutting him with the two-edge sword of The Spirit.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” Ephesians 6:17
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Now this is important. After Jesus’ victory over sin’s temptations, He was made strong and never again was the enemy able to touch Him, to tempt Him to act in disobedience to His mission and calling, though he tried many more times even in the last hours as Jesus hung on the cross, the devil was still trying to make Him give up His determined purpose to be the ransom for our sins.
At the beginning of His ministry Jesus came to John to be baptized by him. On that occasion after He was baptized a voice was heard from Heaven.
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16 -17
At a later point in His ministry with His disciples He led Peter, James and John up to a high mountain and He was transfigured before their eyes. (See Mark 9) Again a voice was heard from Heaven.
“And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son: hear him.’ ” Mark 9:7
In both these instances Jesus was glorified by a declaration from God the Father, but there was still yet a greater glory that Jesus would again enjoy that He had willfully laid aside in becoming a man. As He prayed to the Father in the Garden before He was arrested and taken to be unjustly judge and crucified He prayed,
“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” John 17:5
As a man on earth He did not share in that glory. He was like every other man, vulnerable to the sins of this world, but unlike every man He was not overcome by them.
Now, in Him we have obtained a share in His glory. We have been given the eternal indwelling of the Holy Spirit and we have the mind of Christ to the extent that now we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us.
Now, for us, with God all things are possible! All Things Are Possible!! ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!
If we will be like Jesus we will take on His servant of servants heart, speaking only what we hear from the Father. Speaking God’s Word and extending His servants hands not only to wash another’s feet, but also to lift them up to the Father in worship, presenting ourselves daily as living sacrifices, holy acceptable unto Him as our reasonable service of worship, engaging both our minds and our bodies and our spirits and emotions, yielding all of who we are to His service as humble servants of the Most High God.
We are both servants, and also kings and priests unto our God. We are friends of Jesus and we are sons and daughters of God. We are ambassadors of His love and we are warriors fighting the good fight of faith. We are the sheep of His pasture. We are new creations in Christ Jesus, born again of incorruptible seed by the will of God. We are heirs of God and joint heirs of Jesus Christ. We are the seed of Abraham and ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are His people, a chosen generation a royal priesthood.