x283.....Ransom--Matthew 20

25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20: 25-28)

Here, Jesus says that leadership--is meant to serve--NOT RULE. But what kind of servant (minister)? Verse 28 tells us it is meant to be in the same way that Jesus Himself came to serve--which was---"to give his life a ransom for many."

So, He is saying that leadership in the church is meant to give their life as a "ransom"---what does this mean?---

lutron {loo'-tron} n n

----- ransom 2; 2

1) the price for redeeming, ransom 1a) paid for slaves, captives 1b) for the ransom of life

2) to liberate many from misery and the penalty of their sins

This word means to redeem--to "liberate" others. It means to free other people--not to "hold under authority". Leadership within the church is meant to be liberating--to free others to serve God--not to exercise authority over one another but to be a servant--like Jesus was--to lay down our life--to serve others--and to free them to do the same.

Jesus spent much of His earthly ministry doing just this. He always taught people and released them--He always instructed people and then freed them to serve God. the New Testament church operated in much the same way--supporting the ministry of all the members going from house to house (not exalting the house of one person as we do).

the ministry of leadership in the church is meant to be one that liberates--and specifically does not exercise authority over the others---the greatest among a group of Christians is meant to be the servant to all---and to liberate all the others to serve God in their gifts and anointing.

True Christian ministry makes others ministers.