“Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Greatness is never defined by the position or stature one holds, but it is the result of serving others in private and in public that makes one great. Too many people want a position, but they don’t want to do what it takes to get that position. Many people desire to be great, but they want greatness to be handed to them. Greatness is never sought for, but it’s earned over time. Greatness is not a destination, but a result of principled actions that result in a person becoming great.
The greatest person who ever walked this Earth was our Saviour. The verse above says, “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great…” Though Jesus was great when He came to Earth, because He was the Son of God, it was the form of humility and service to the world that led to His greatness with mankind. Many did not know that Jesus was the Son of God, but it was His works that made Him great in their minds, and that eventually led to them discovering that He was the Son of God. Jesus performed five actions that led to Him having a “portion with the great.”
First, He helped others to become strong. The verse above says, “…and he shall divide the spoil with the strong…” The strong didn’t become strong on their own, but they became strong through Jesus’ strength. When you invest your lives in helping the weak to become strong is when you become great in the eyes of mankind. Helping the weak to become strong is one of the greatest ways to find joy in life.
Second, He had no reserves. The verse above says that Jesus “poured out his soul unto death.” Tired people are the only ones who build the weak and fallen people. I would rather meet the Saviour by burning out and having an “early” death than I would to have reserved energy that could have been used to help others. You will have an eternity to rest, but until then, give your whole energy to help others.
Third, He was willing to be accused for the sake of restoring the fallen. The verse above says that Jesus “was numbered with the transgressors.” The one accusation that the Pharisees used to condemn Jesus was that He was with sinners. Jesus was not with sinners to commit sin, but He was with them to help restore them. You don’t become great by destroying those who are trying to help restore the fallen, but you become great if you give your life to help restore the fallen.
Fourth, He was longsuffering with sinners. The verse above says that Jesus “bare the sin of many.” In other words, Jesus wasn’t quick to give up on people. Don’t be quick to give up on those who you are trying to help when they fail. Be willing to bear with them in their weakness, because it is the longsuffering attitude that believes in people that causes them to continue until they have victory.
Fifth, He prayed for those who had sinned. Jesus interceded “for the transgressors.” Never stop praying for those who need restoration. Your interceding prayer life for the fallen will spur you to have the right actions to help the fallen. The greatest help you can be to any person is to pray for them in their weakest moments.