If there is one word to sum up the ministry of Jesus, I think it is this: service. His whole ministry was an expression of service. This is apparent from the tenor of the Gospel narratives and from His many words on this subject: “You know that those who are considered rulers of the heathen have power over them, and the leaders have complete authority. 43 This, however, is not the way it is among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; 44 and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” (Mark 10.42-45). Jesus made clear that the way of the cross is the discipline and lifestyle of Christian service in distinct contrast with world leaders who are preoccupied by status and authority.