“What Made Jesus So Different?”

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And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

— Mark 10.42–45

What is the modern, academic view of Jesus? Some assert that Jesus was just a Jewish revolutionary, stirring up Jews against Romans. Others believe Jesus was just one in a line of extraordinary teachers like Confucius or Muhammad. They would have us to believe He was only a great moral teacher and nothing more. Obviously, this is not how Scripture records the life of the Son of God. What made Jesus so different? What set Him apart?

Mark 10.42-45 demonstrates a key difference between Jesus and the others. Christianity is not of human origin. In human matters, what Jesus taught is completely unheard of. No man ever told his disciples he did not want them to serve him. What man would sacrifice his life on behalf of others? These verses force us to conclude that, either Jesus is the Son of God, with supernatural power and dignity, or He was a raving lunatic.

Mark 10.45 is a call to follow Jesus and live like He did - but there is much more.

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.

He came to give His life as a ransom and He continues to minister to us today. He carries us through the trials of life. He is alive and is there for each of us right now! For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham, Hebrews 2.16. The gospel is indeed good news! Jesus is all the help and power we need! He is our Redeemer, our Helper, and He serves us each day. Have you let Him serve you?

— Matthew Allen