And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. – Matthew 27:39-44 (NLT)
The leadership seen in the last week of Jesus’ life is terrible. Pilate lets a mob control what he does by sentencing Jesus to death. The religious leaders are fearful of the kind of change Jesus is promoting and they fear their status and lifestyle will be overturned if they do not get their way. These are selfish forms of leadership. Jesus, however, shows us the truest form of leadership by stating to be the greatest disciple you must serve the rest. He also laid down his life for those he loves. The poor leaders are ruling out of selfish ambition and lust of power. Jesus rules out of love for those he is serving.
How does Jesus’ example show you servant leadership? What are steps you can take to initiate his example into your leadership style?