Have you ever been asked, “If you could invite three people to dinner—alive or dead—who would they be?” It’s not unusual for Christians to answer: Billy Graham, the Apostle Paul, and Jesus, (of course). The question is then followed with, “What question or questions would you ask them/him once seated and the meal has begun?”


This is how I would answer that: “Dr. Graham, what is the every day life like for you?” “Paul, how did you truly feel when you returned to Jerusalem and the disciples were afraid of you?” and “My Lord, why did you have to die like that? Couldn’t there have been another way?”


Was it a Communication Mission?


Why did Jesus come? Was it merely to connect with His human creation and to have them to connect with Him? We see evidences of God having come to earth throughout the Old Testament, communing with those He loved.


He communed with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He talked/rebuked Cain personally after he’d killed his brother, Abel. In one of the most beautiful moments of the Bible (at least in my way of seeing things), He waited by a spring of water in the desert as Hagar ran from the abuses of her mistress, Sarai. He spoke to Abraham, moved in glory and power before Moses, stood strong before Joshua, whispered in the ear of Elijah. The list goes on and on. If God merely wanted to commune with His children, He had only to show up.


But Jesus left the glories of Heaven with an agenda.


As the Nicene Creed puts it: who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven.


The Role of a Servant


Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28 NIV)


When Jesus came, He left kingly attitudes behind. He was born poor among stables animals. He was raised in the lowly Galilee. He worked as a young man in a carpenter’s trade, doing manual labor. Those who knew Him best knew he was the Son of God, Messiah. Yet, for their sake and as an example, He humbled Himself in the Upper Room by stripping out of his clothes and washing their feet, thereby taking on the role of a servant.


He said to them, “You call me [the] Teacher and [the] Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things; you will be blessed if you do them.  (John 13:13-17)