Jesus the Humble Servant

Wednesday 1-4-2023 Midweek Lesson on Building Friendships

Read John 13, Luke 13 and Hebrew 5: review from prior lesson

  • What does it mean to be a humble servant?
  • Jesus taught us how to be a humble servant
  • First, Jesus relied on God for his ability to serve others
  • We could learn from Jesus by personally going to God first to get the strength to serve and take care of others

Read Isaiah 49:1-7

  • Was Israel successful in their commission to show the world who God is?
  • Although they failed initially, God encouraged them he would send someone to restore them to their task and to an even greater task, to send his message to the whole world.
  • God encouraged them that he would send his servant. His servant would be a light to the Jews and to the Gentiles. His servant would bring salvation to the whole world.  Jesus was the servant who came and did this for us. In his humility, he became a servant to all mankind, showing us all how to Love and Obey God. 
  • We could learn from Jesus by following his example of humility by being willing to do what God asks of us. 

Read Isaiah 50:4-9

  • God gave the servant of the Lord wisdom and ears to listen and to obey his word
  • The servant of the Lord was willing to serve because he knew God helped him
  • When we follow Jesus’s example of listening and obeying God, we too will also have words of instruction to sustain the weary. We too will have the ability to endure and fulfill the tasks God has given us to do. 

Read Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12

  • The Lord’s servant was going to be hated in his life on earth and disfigured in his death
  • Isaiah tried to warn the people that the Lord’s servant was coming to bring them back into a right relationship with God but many did not listen to him or believe what he was saying. 
  • God promised that his servant would share in the victory of the battle. 
  • As followers of Jesus, our life on earth may not be glamorous and may be full of hardships, but we should trust in God’s words. He wants to deliver us and share in the victories of the battles of life. 

Read Philippians 2:1-11

  • Jesus was humble and obedient
  • He humbled himself by coming to earth and walking among humans, teaching and serving them
  • He did not live a glamourous life while he lived on earth, he was familiar with suffering and then died a brutal death. He considered others better than himself. 
  • Because of his trust in God and obedience, he displayed the full splendor of who God is. 
  • Jesus is still serving us today by interceding for us at the right hand of God.
  • We can learn from Jesus how to be a humble servant by trusting in God’s promises and considering others better than ourselves. 
  • Honor will be brought to God when we live out these things in our everyday lives. We need this understanding in order to be a true friend to someone. We should first go to God for strength to serve someone else and to consider someone else’s needs above our own. When we remove God from the picture of our lives and become self-reliant, being a true friend to someone else usually becomes an extremely challenging task. 
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