Samwise Gamgee: Friend & Servant Part II
Mark 10:45 New International Version (NIV)
45 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.
The last time I spoke of Samwise Gamgee, I concluded this:
He is one amazingly loyal friend. Sam is a true blue, friend to the end, kind of friend. Sawmise not only found his devotion constantly in question as well as put to the test, he quite literally seems to have to had to endure tastes of the very evils Sauron could master in order to see to it that his beloved friend was able to make the long, grueling journey to Mount Doom.
Does that remind you of a very near, dear, and real Savior of our own?
Jesus Christ The Servant
Jesus Christ, our Savior is and was a servant to all mankind. Even more so, Jesus is and was a servant of God. He gave us instruction on how to live healthier, sin free lives. He instructed us in God’s nature and overall characteristics along with intentions for mankind.
Philippians 2:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Hebrews 4:14-16 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Christ lived among us, he is and was one of us. He knew our daily struggles. He endured them. Jesus experienced our difficulty with temptation and overcame it. Jesus Christ is our advocate in the Heavenly kingdom.
John 6:38 New International Version (NIV)
38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
He came not for power, riches, or any form of glory. Jesus Christ, lived because God willed it. Likewise, Christ lived not a life of his own whims or desires. His heart was God’s. He lived fully in accordance to God’s will.
John 13:1-17 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Jesus set a living example for us to follow. In His washing of the disciples feet, He showed them His love for them and the kind of attitude in which they needed to have as followers of God. For the washing of the feet was a task often given to the lowest of servants within a household. For Jesus to have done this is and was an active demonstration of His humility and love for His disciples, and likewise mankind.
Samwise As A Servant
Samwise Gamgee could not bear the burden of the role of ring bearer. However, for a brief time, HE DID. When Frodo was presumed dead, Sam took it upon himself to take up Frodo’s burden. Being as close too as he was to Frodo, he saw and knew of his companion’s hardship.
Seeing Frodo’s suffering, Samwise did as a good friend…and a good servant would do. He took the brunt of Frodo’s suffering upon his own shoulders. Samwise might not have been able to wear the ring and bring it to the very fires of Mount Doom, but he COULD ensure that Frodo got there!
How We Can Be Servants Of God
John 15:9-17 New International Version (NIV)
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.