2009-02-23_1234_1_VillageSheep The God of the Christian faith is more amazing than one can put into words. We try, and this article will be an inadequate attempt to do that, which will surely become evident in only a few moments. As stunned and joyful as a believer may often be at who He is and what He has done, His nature remains simply too magnificent for His followers to grasp. One of His characteristics that staggers us is His servitude. How can this perfectly sovereign, powerful, intelligent God be a servant?

The verses that follow from Luke 12:35–40 prove to me that our God is astonishing beyond words.

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Let’s read verse 37 again: “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.” Notice what Jesus said He, the Master, would do for those servants who were awake when he returned. He will “dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.”

We have read in the Bible that the return of Jesus will be glorious. Every eye shall see Him. He will come with clouds in glory. This is all true. But have we ever considered that He will do what He said He would do in these verses, that He will have us recline at table and serve us? The amazing Creator of the universe, the Savior of all mankind, will serve us dinner? Maybe even wash our feet? I don’t know about you, but my initial response to this truth was, “Oh, no. That can’t happen. It’s not right that Jesus will be my servant, my waiter and serve dinner to me. That’s not right.” However, I quickly realized that response was just like Peter’s when he told Jesus that he didn’t want Him to wash his feet. Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Here’s what I understand that to mean: “If you don’t understand that I am a servant, you don’t understand me at all.”

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised. After all, look what He did after His resurrection from the dead: “After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, do you have any fish?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish” (John 21:1–13).

Let’s think about this scene for a moment. Jesus somehow gathered or prepared the charcoal to make a fire. He provided the bread. Jesus also started the fire and cooked the fish that the disciples had caught—fish that He miraculously provided. This is a rich passage, wonderfully plentiful for mining. However, what I’d like to emphasize here is this stunning truth: Jesus Himself served breakfast to His followers. Please keep in mind that this is the resurrected Jesus and the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists, the Lord before whom every knee shall bow, serving breakfast to a very small group of confused disciples. Now, let’s consider for a moment how we in the contemporary church might have handled such an event—serving breakfast to “key leaders.” We would delegate responsibilities in order to conduct this important leadership meeting, so others could be involved, participate and have an opportunity to serve. One person would be in charge of the charcoal. Another would be responsible for the bread, and yet another would build the fire and perhaps do the cooking. Then a leader would show up and speak. This is what we call leadership, but this is not what Jesus, as the perfect Leader, did. He didn’t assign these relatively mundane tasks to others. Why? Why didn’t He ask someone else to prepare and serve breakfast? In spite of His incomparably exalted status, He didn’t consider these tasks beneath Him. His number one goal for this early morning gathering was not to teach His disciples some life principles about hanging in there during the tough times of life and offer something from Scripture to enable them to be more effective leaders during such times. No, one of His primary goals was not to teach, but to demonstrate an example of leadership—serving breakfast to men who had failed Him.