The sermon on Sunday was entitled, "Brother, Sister, let me serve you." Every Sunday, before the service begins, I try to figure out the context of the sermon. Sometimes, during the sermon, I make note of things that inspire me, that I want to know more about.
The dictionary defines servant as a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties. ATS Bible Dictionary defines servant as somebody whose service was the property of his master for a limited time and under various restrictions. To some people, servant is a very demeaning word. Yet, the central theme of the Bible is servitude. Mark 10:45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
James and John expected Jesus to do anything that they asked. They wanted to sit on each side of Jesus. Their arrogance aroused the anger of the other disciples, but Jesus was patient. He had other plans for them. Jesus told the disciples in Mark 10:43-44, "If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest, and if one of you wants to be first, he must be the servant of all." James was the first of the disciples to be martyred and John became the apostle of love.
There are numeous Biblical references to the word, servant. Reading through some of the scriptures has given me a greater understanding of the meaning of the word. John 12:26 says, "If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone, serves me, the Father will honor him."