The life of Jesus is clearly an example of greatness, an example provided that we might follow in His steps. We have considered His compassion and His ability to discuss matters of importance.
Another area of greatness found in the life of Jesus was His suffering. Jesus suffered on numerous occasions. He suffered verbally and physically.
The religious leaders sought to eliminate the perceived 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, but rather a stumbling block and foolishness. However, to those who are saved, it is the power of God.
The purpose of His suffering makes this act of great leadership.
As leaders today, the higher we go in leadership the greater the sacrifice we must make. What leaders willingly suffer becomes a mark of great leadership today also.