This week marks the important recognition of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth and the impact that his life, death, burial, and resurrection has had on the world. But what often gets overlooked is the fact that he suffered the ultimate form of the worst “Demotion” in history. I often refer to this as the “Divine Demotion.” It also shows the ultimate form of servant leadership. In a world where business thrives on focusing on titles and status, the greatest to have ever walked the earth focused on servant hood and sacrifice. While many focus on promotion, his story was to show us that real leadership may come through the ability to leave our self-developed focus on our status and embrace those who need our time and resources to help them become successful.
To help us understand this, Jesus offered us some good advice to remember in our roles as leaders..
“Many who are first, will be last and the last will be first.”
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the lord and he will lift you up.”
“Greater love hath no man than this. That a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Leadership could greatly benefit from an example of a king that left his throne to give himself up for others. He had already gained the ultimate status, but gave it up for the mission of helping us to become rich.
“Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
The ultimate role of servant leadership was clearly established in the story of “Easter.”