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Jesus Christ’s treatment of service reversed the value associated with “serving” and “being served.” “Whosoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant (διάκονος/diákonos, Diakonia)... the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matt 20:26ff.; cf. John 13:1ff.). In the parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14:16ff.), Jesus illustrates this service and commissions his disciples to bear witness to the gospel before the world through their service. The ser…

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Zentgraf, Martin, “Service”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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