Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.
Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mt. 20:27-28)
Yesterday, our youngest son came down with a horrible upper respiratory virus, complete with high fever, aches, congestion, and nausea. Poor guy. He was completely miserable. Of course, I put my own work aside so that I could take care of him, and I was most happy to do so – not happy that he was sick, but happy because I could serve him.
All the while he kept apologizing for keeping me from “getting things done” because he knew I had household chores to do and deadlines to meet. I felt like I was getting things done! I was taking care of him! When you’ve got a sick kid, there is nothing else to be done but help him to wellness.
I can imagine it was like that for our Lord. He was serving his disciples, serving mankind, serving his Father in heaven. Beyond that, there was nothing else to be done.