Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The patriot is great, but he has served his country. The philosopher by the force of his genius has enlarged the sphere of human knowledge, thus of the greatest use to mankind. The same true in religion. Christ was not introducing a strange precept when He said that the men who are the most eminent in life are the most literally the servants of the public.
1. The greatness thus derived from usefulness may be augmented or decreased by the meanest of those you employ.
2. The touching reference of our Lord to His own case.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.