Simone looked at me and replied, “I am not the princess. I am the queen.”
I responded, “I thought I was the queen, and you were the princess?”
She quickly corrected me, “No, Mommy. I am the queen and you are the servant.”
A bit taken aback, I said, “Really?”
“Yes, Mommy. You cook for me. You clean for me. You wash my clothes. And you take me places. So I am the queen, and you are the servant.”
Obviously, we had to have a little “talk.”
Simone spoke the truth, for I did do all of those things, yet the conclusion she came to as a result of those facts were not accurate.
Likewise, a lot of people saw the facts of Jesus’ life:
- He was not the legitimate son of Joseph.
- He was a blue-collar worker, a carpenter.
- He was a man of poverty by earthly standards.
People saw these “true” facts about Jesus but still came to the wrong conclusion.
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
The Son of Man.
The God of the universe.
The Creator of all things.
He came not to be served but to serve. He was the ultimate example of a Servant, but He was also the King of kings.
Most parents wonder what their kids will be when they grow up. Most parents dream about their kids’ futures. But Mary didn’t have to dream. She knew. Her son would be King. Gabriel told her so.
Mary had some facts of her own:
- The archangel Gabriel told her that God would give Jesus the throne of David.
- Three wise men showed up in Bethlehem and said they came to worship the new King of the Jews.
- The prophet Simeon announced that Jesus was the promised Messiah.
Mary had every reason to believe that her son would be King. But that someday never came. At least not the way she thought it would. Not the way anybody thought it would. Who could imagine any parent being asked to raise a perfect, sinless child just to watch him, as an innocent man, be tortured and murdered?
Mary watched the people cruelly mock her son.
She saw them rip the flesh off his back as they flogged Him.
She watched the soldiers beat her son beyond recognition.
She watched them nail her boy to a crossbeam of wood and raise Him high so everyone could watch Him suffer.
Mary watched a soldier pierce Jesus’ side with a sword just to make sure He was really dead. At that moment, they might as well have pierced Mary with a sword too. Simeon’s haunting words had come true.
“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” – Luke 2:35b
With everything Mary knew to be true, these facts didn’t add up. What sense did it make? Why would she be asked to endure her own humiliation and devote her entire adult life to raise a son just to have Him be slaughtered? It must have seemed like such a waste – of her life and his.
When Simone said to me that she was the queen, and I was the servant, I think Mary must have had the same idea. Wasn’t her son supposed to be the King? And his mom the servant? Hadn’t Mary done everything that was asked of her?
Mary believed what God said.
Mary obeyed without question.
Mary inscribed the Word of God on the tablet of her heart.
Mary suffered misunderstandings.
With the crucifixion, the facts didn’t add up.
Without the resurrection, they never would.
There’s something about Mary. She trusted even when the facts didn’t add up.
Like Mary, I want to offer my life as a vessel for the Lord to use however He chooses. That may or may not always be a pleasant thing.
But we can believe – with our whole heart.
We can obey – without question.
We can study the Word – inscribing it on the tablet of our hearts.
We can learn to trust – even when the facts that we see don’t add up.
There’s something about Mary, but I hope there’s something about me, and about you, too. I want to speak these words – “I am the Lord’s servant” – and mean them, no matter the cost.