Mark 10:45

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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Ambrose of Milan

AD 397
It is profitable to me to know that for my sake Christ bore my infirmities, submitted to the affections of my body, that for me and for all he was made sin and a curse, that for me and in me was he humbled and made subject, that for me he is the lamb, the vine, the rock, the servant, the Son of a handmaid, knowing not the day of judgment, for my sake ignorant of the day and the hour.

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
He shared with us our punishment, but not our sin. Death is the punishment of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ came to die; he did not come to sin. By sharing with us the penalty without the sin, he canceled both the penalty and the sin. Sermons on the Liturgical Seasons, For the Easter Season, Sermon


AD 735
In which He teaches, that He is the greater, who is the less, and that He becomes the Lord, who is servant of all: vain, therefore, was it both for the one party to seek for immoderate things, and the other to be annoyed at their desiring greater things, since we are to arrive at the height of virtue not by power but by humility. Then He proposes an example, that if they lightly regarded His words, His deeds might make them ashamed, saying, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” He did not say, however, that He gave His life a ransom for all, but for many, that is, for those who would believe on Him.

Clement Of Alexandria

AD 215
Such is our Instructor, righteously good. "I came not "He says, "to be ministered unto, but to minister."

Gregory the Theologian

AD 390
He is our sanctification, as himself being purity, that the pure may be encompassed by his purity. He is our redemption, because he sets us free who were held captive under sin, giving himself as a ransom for us, the sacrifice to make expiation for the world. He is our resurrection, because he raises up, and brings to life again, those who were slain by sin. Oration , On the Son

Theophylact of Ochrid

AD 1107
Which is a greater thing than to minister. For what can be greater or more wonderful than that a man should die for him to whom he ministers? Nevertheless, this serving and condescension of humility was His glory, and that of all; for before He was made man, He was known only to the Angels; but now that He has become man and has been crucified, He not only has glory Himself, but also has taken up others to a participation in His glory, and ruled by faith over the whole world.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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