Mark 10:45

For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

(World English Bible)

Son of Man

Well, I was going to think a bit about what this phrase might mean. First thing was to Google of course, and the Wikipedia has a vast page all about the term. Clearly better brains than mine have been at the problem for a long time. I won’t waste my breath here, but I was pleased to see, in the section on Christian interpretation, the following:

Still other Christians believe the title is meant to signify Jesus upholding his identification with his humanity and fellowship with mankind, perhaps also conveying the idea that Jesus is the man par excellence. In this last context it serves as putting humans and Jesus on the same level.


Jesus doesn’t just give his life to wash away our sins, he brings people back from the dead, cures illnesses, casts out demons, rustles up sandwiches, conjures up booze, and is generally a very helpful guy. When he says he came to serve he means it, and not just about the big things, but about the little things too.

Serving others is an essential part of Jesus. If Jesus is the perfect human, it’s an essential part of being human.

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  1. […] The Matthew is stronger than the Mark: blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is even worse than blaspheming against Jesus (as the Son of Man). […]

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