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 10:45)
Most relationships are based upon the notion of “give and take”. For example, Jeff holds value to Pete, because Jeff knows everything there is to know about electronics. So, when Pete calls Jeff to ask him about which home theater system to buy, he also feels guilty about only calling to get information from him, so he asks him to coffee as an afterthought. While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can exemplify the shallowness of many of our friendships.
Let’s take it a step further: Do you have that friend who always wants something from you, but never gives back anything in return? Maybe you’re their “go-to” when they have yet another problem or need a favor? Most likely you can picture that person now. It’s always something, and it’s always about them; you are their faithful product and they your constant customer.
But what if there was someone who gave everything for you without expecting anything in return? Someone who didn’t take advantage of you but loved you? Jesus has done just that. He came into this world fully knowing that there was nothing He could get from us that He couldn’t get better from Himself, but He still gave His life “as a ransom for many”. Jesus didn’t come to this earth in order to exploit us, but to serve us.
Approach Jesus in gratitude knowing that He isn’t like our fallen friends. He never came to take, but to give this Easter.