For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
When you consider the four gospels, it is interesting that only two of them recount the story of Jesus’ birth.
The same is true of other aspects of Jesus’ life that have been highlighted in Christian doctrines by many teachers. The temptation of Jesus is only mentioned in one gospel, the sermon on the mount is in two of the gospels, and even the death of John the Baptist doesn’t make it into all four gospels.
Yet all four gospels go into detail about the death of Jesus on the cross.
Why is that? How did the authors get their emphasis?
The simple answer is that they got it from Jesus Himself. He lived His whole life in the shadow of his death. He talked constantly of choosing to lay down His life for you and me. It was the reason He was born.
When that blood was shed it pacified the wrath of God and released supernatural favor and blessing towards mankind. Because of Him there is no debt owing on your account.
The Apostle Paul wrote later, that despite his many achievements and advanced education, he resolved to know nothing among the people “except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
In contrast to that, people can go to church nowadays for years and hear nothing of the death of Jesus Christ and what it accomplished. Yet the sacrifice that Jesus made of his own life for the sins of many, was the pivotal event in all history, around which everything else turns.
We think that the church is all about us, our preferences, our cultural norms, our personal gifting and our ideas about how things should be done; but the church is all about the sinless, spotless Lamb of God, who redeemed people out of every tribe and every tongue, with His own blood.
Jesus endured the cross because of the reward He was anticipating. That reward was you and me.
In the true church there is no place for self aggrandizement; nor is there a place for self deprecation. It is simply a place where we make Jesus central and worship Him with our lives.