The life of Jesus is clearly an example of greatness, provided that we might follow in His steps. We have considered His compassion and His ability to discuss matters of importance.
This week, another area of greatness is found in the life of Jesus: His suffering. Jesus suffered on numerous occasions. He suffered verbally and physically.
The religious leaders were seeking to eliminate this threat to their position and power.
The ultimate suffering, however, did not come at the hands of the religious leaders, even though they instigated the procedure.
At the hands of Rome, Jesus would encounter suffering beyond imagination, as He was beaten, ridiculed, mocked with a crown of thorns, spit upon, scourged, and nailed to a cross.
Suffering is not often seen as greatness, rather a stumbling block and foolishness, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.
The purpose of His suffering makes this act of leadership a mark of greatness.
As leaders today, the higher we go in leadership the greater the sacrifice we must make. Suffering will be a mark of greatness for leaders.