Righteous Servant

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:11
 
The theme of service and servanthood runs throughout the scriptures. For example, several people in the Bible are referred to as “servant of God” or “God’s servant” because of the loyal service they rendered for the Lord. But Jesus is the only person who deserves to be called God’s Righteous Servant. He was the Holy and Righteous One whom the Father sent on a mission of redemption for the entire world. 
 
This name of Jesus appears in one of the famous servant songs of the prophet Isaiah. This Servant, the Messiah, would undergo great suffering while carrying out His mission. But it would be for a divine purpose. His suffering and death would provide a means of deliverance for a human race trapped in sin.
 
Jesus identified Himself specifically as the Suffering Servant from God the Father, whom Isaiah had predicted. At the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus quoted Isaiah’s first servant song. The implication of His words was that the mission of God’s Suffering Servant was being fulfilled through His teaching and healing ministry. 
 
Jesus saw His work as that of a humble servant. On one occasion, His disciples began to argue over who would occupy the places of honor at His side in His future glory. He gently reminded them: “Whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”.
 
Today, the servant work of Jesus continues through His church. We who belong to Him are automatically in the serving business. The apostle Paul declares that we as Christians should think of ourselves as “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.