“The Servant of the Lord”

The confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees over Sabbath observance deepened their opposition and strengthened their resolve to do something about Him (Mat 12:1-13). When Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, they went out and plotted His demise (12:14). When Jesus became aware of it, He withdrew from that area, but great multitudes followed Him.
Despite the growing opposition, Jesus carried on His public ministry of healing among the people though He did command them not to make Him known (Mat 12:15-16). Jesus’ reluctance to gain publicity or fame was consistent with His being the Servant of the Lord. According to Matthew, His gentle, quiet, unassuming, approach to ministry was a fulfillment of Isaiah 42:1-4. (Mat 12:17-21)
We should be like Jesus in our service to God. We must not serve to be seen and praised by people, but to glorify God and bring good to others. Some of the greatest acts of servanthood I have seen in mothers. They sacrifice time and treasure, and often go without rest and personal pleasure in order to minister to their children. Let’s take time today to recognize mothers and honor them for their selfless and humble service to God and their kids.