Divided Ranks: Matthew 20:24-28
“24) And hearing this, the ten became indignant with the two brothers. 25) But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26) It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27) and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28) just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”” Matthew‬ ‭20‬:‭24‬-‭28‬ ‭
It was happening at the worse possible time. Jesus was about to head into passion week and the ranks were divided. The ten were “indignant” with the two brothers. The rift threatened to go deep and wide.
Jesus had previously made it clear in Matthew 12:25-26 that any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; it cannot stand. The enemy was at work dividing the camp.
Jesus wasted no time addressing the problem. He called them all together and addressed the sin of pride and self promotion. In the strongest of terms, He disassociated His kingdom from the governance principles of the world.
Leadership in the church was not to be based on the model of power or authority. His shepherds were not to be like the rulers of the Gentiles whole play lord over people and exercise strong handed authority.
By contrast, Jesus laid down the principle of “Servanthood Leadership.” He clearly stated that “the greatest among them must be servant of all.”
According to verse 28, this was the leadership style exemplified by Jesus Himself; “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for all.” This was no small lesson.
A few days later, Jesus returned to this theme as the disciples gathered to keep the Passover. John 13:1-20 presents the scene of Jesus laying aside his robe and assuming the role of a lowly servant and washing His disciples feet. The act was more profound than any sermon He could preach. The Savior became their servant!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global