For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
In Daniel 7:13-14 we read, “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” We know from this that Son of Man is not a self-denigrating title Jesus gave Himself, but, in essence, a claim of divinity on His part. In Isaiah 53:3 we read, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” This is followed by the rest of the chapter, which describes the purpose and suffering of Jesus to perfection, which is remarkable, given that it was written centuries before Jesus was born. Jesus was both mighty and meek. He rules because He suffered. He saves because He was condemned. We worship Him because He submitted to being despised. Jesus is the ultimate “Both And,” and He challenges us to embrace this as well. We can be both humble and decisive in our lives. We can lose everything and yet be kings of all we survey in Christ. We can be despised because we offer the Love of God. The Christian life is a “Both And” life. Only when we are acquainted with grief can we soar to new heights of glory in Him. Amen.
Lord, I pray for all those who feel down and out, that they would know in Christ that they are up and in Your hands. Help us understand the “Both And” nature of faith, that we may be strong in You only because we know we are weak without You. Amen.
(Isaiah 53:3 ESV)