"The Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served ...."
I came across this story which reminds us of the humility of God who left the glories of heaven to live in this world in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There was once a poor peasant family, so poor that one day they found themselves with literally nothing to eat for supper. The wife sent the man out to fish, telling him that unless he caught something they would go hungry that night. He fished and fished and at last got a bite. It was a whopper, and after a struggle he managed to land it. He was about to kill it when, to his astonishment, the fish spoke: “Don’t kill me. If you throw me back I’ll grant you three wishes, whatever you ask.” He threw the fish back in the water and rushed back home to tell his wife.
“What a lot of nonsense,” his wife exclaimed, “you’re making it up because you couldn’t catch anything.” “I’m not, I’ll prove it,” he answered, “I wish we had supper on the table.” At once a lovely meal appeared on the table. “You stupid man,” his wife shouted, “You’ve only got three wishes and you’ve wasted the first already. Why, you could have asked for anything, a new home or whatever you liked”
“Right,” said her husband, “I wish we had a new home,” and in an instant their home was transformed. “You stupid, stupid man,” his wife shouted,” we could do better than this house. I wish we had a place fit for a king, no, wait, fit for God Himself to live in.” At once they found themselves standing in a dark, dirty, poky little stable with straw on the floor.
As Mark puts it in his Gospel (10.45): For even the Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served, he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people. Or, as Paul puts it in his second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor: 8-9): You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ: rich as he was, he made himself poor for your sake in order to make you rich by means of his poverty.
A happy Christmas to you,