Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.
Jesus was the perfect model of servant leadership. He was the ideal. He was It.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul told husbands to love their wives the way that Christ loved the church. What did he mean by that? He meant that husbands should serve their wives. That’s how Christ loved the church. He gave Himself. He served. Everything He did to build the foundation of the Church was an act of service.
Think about all the miracles He did. Jesus did tons of miracles. He did so many more than we actually know about. The Bible says that Jesus did more miracles than were written, and if you think about it, it had to be that way. Anytime His shadow hit somebody, people were healed. Just think how often that happened! All day every day, surely! That is amazing to me.
Think about when He fed the multitudes. He took two fish and five loaves of bread, blessed them, and broke the loaves. Then with that, the Bible tells us, He fed 5,000 men. But there were women and children there too. So He fed way more than 5,000 people! It’s amazing! He fed all those people. And what was He doing? He was serving them. Those people were hungry, but He didn’t just talk to them. He gave them something to eat! You know what else? He could have just looked at them, and in His Father’s name, used all the power He had as God Incarnate, to waive their hunger. He could have made it as if they were never hungry in the first place. But He didn’t do that. He fed them. He satisfied their hunger by serving them. That’s the ideal. That’s the example He gave us.
Each time Jesus performed a miracle, he served people. It’s because he looked at people’s pain, and He felt it, and then He healed it. He healed the broken-hearted. He looked at someone who had a disease and took it away from them. That’s service.
Jesus didn’t heal people’s pain, disease, and broken hearts in order to receive. He didn’t ask for money. Have you ever thought about how much money Jesus could have made through His miracles? Do you realize how rich He could have made Himself when He walked the Earth and healed people? He could have set up a Jesus healing booth. He could have brought people in by the thousands, saying, pay me this and I’ll heal you. People would have paid anything to be guaranteed their healing. They still will!
But Jesus didn’t do that. He performed miracles in order to serve. There was no money involved in His ministry. Jesus served. He simply served. He said, “I do this because I love people. I was there at the beginning of the world with my Father, and He created man in our image. So when I see things that are going wrong, I want to make them right. As long as I’m walking this Earth, and I see someone that is supposed to be created in our image but is not reflecting that image, I want to heal that wound.”
Jesus served us so much that I can’t cover it in one blog post. So more on this next time. See you Thursday.