20 ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘God’s Messiah.’ 21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.’
At the heart of Jesus’ identity is a paradox that is hard for us, let alone our wider world, to grasp. To succeed as King Jesus had to lay down his power and status, not hold on to or boast in them. Only by taking upon himself all our hatred, greed and violence could he overcome it and bring in God’s Kingdom, his re-created world where all is put right. The willingness to suffer for the good of his people is the mark of a true King.
From heaven you came helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live
This is our God, the Servant King!