Jesus clearly teaches on and demonstrates the notion of loving servitude. He says himself that he, "came as a servant" (Lk 22:27c.) In Mark 10:26-28, Jesus says that the greatest must serve. Likewise, he relates that the Son of Man (referring to himself) did not come to be served, but to, "serve and give his life as a ransom for many." The cross is an effective symbol illustrative of the servile work of Christ as redeemer. Jesus also admonishes his followers to take up their own cross (representing self-denying acts of servitude) in order to find eternal life. This notion is again demonstrated in John 13:1-17 & 34-35, at the Last Supper, when Jesus washes his disciples' feet and admonishes them to love one another. Jesus also promises an eternal reward for such behavior (Mt 10:42) "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."
Humbling the prideful and exaltation of the lowly.
Jesus demonstrates the notion of the prideful being humbled and the lowly being exalted repeatedly throughout the Gospels, most clearly in his open rebuke of Pharisees, scribes and teachers of the law. This party was pious, nationalist, ethnocentric and held political representation in Jewish governing...