“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
One of the reasons this generation lacks great people is because many in this generation live for self. Great people are selfless people. Our American forefathers were great because they gave their lives so that generations to come could be free. When considering what we call the “Greatest Generation,” that generation who fought in World War II, the reason they were so great is because of so many of that generation fought to bring down a tyrant who was trying to destroy the freedoms of America. These generations, and many others who fought for America’s freedom, were great because they gave their lives a ransom for future generations. America will cease to be great unless we have people who are willing to make the same sacrifice that these great generations of the past made.
There are so many reasons why Jesus was and is great. He is certainly great because He is the Son of God. He is great because He died to pay the price for the sins of all of mankind. He is great because of His sinless life. He is great because He is God. However, one of the reasons Jesus is great is because of His selfless living. Jesus did not come to Earth so that others could minister to Him, but He came to minister to others. Jesus ministered and gave His life so that He could be the ransom for anyone who puts their faith and trust in Him to be their Saviour. There are two obvious things this verse teaches as to why Jesus was great.
First, Jesus gave his life ministering to others. To give one’s life to minister means that their whole life is about meeting the needs of others. Jesus never sought for His needs to be met, but He gave every waking hour to be sure the needs of those around Him were met. Your life can be a great life if you lived your life to meet the needs of others. Your life will never be remembered with fondness if it is lived to see what others can do for you. To give your life means to sacrifice everything you want for the sake of making sure others’ needs are met. If America is ever going to have a great generation again, she is going to need a generation that gives their lives, not to entertainment and fortune, but to meeting the needs of generations to come.
Second, Jesus’ life was about meeting the needs of future generations. The verse above says that Jesus gave His life as a ransom “for many.” The word “many” is not just talking about His generation, but it’s talking about future generations as well. The need of this generation is to give up its comforts, fun and entertainment so that future generations may enjoy the freedom that we enjoy. Every generation must pay the price for the next generation to enjoy freedom. If this generation only lives for this generation, the next generation will never enjoy the freedoms that we so enjoy because of the sacrifice of past generations.
My friend, greatness is not found in seeking for one’s own treatment and comfort, but it gives its life so that the generation to come may be free. The key to the verse above is the word “ransom.” Jesus was willing to pay any price so that future generations could be freed from their sins. Great generations are great because they ransomed their lives for the freedom of future generations. You will never make an impact on future generations until you are willing to pay the price of giving your life so that future generations can be free as you are free.