When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You going to wash my feet?"
A servant who gives his life willingly as a sacrifice for others; a servant who obeys his Master to please Him; a servant whose labor and love and death on behalf of others effects the forgiveness of their sins and the removal of their guilt.
Isaiah 41:8, 9 defines this highest servanthood as something granted by God’s grace: “But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, … I took you … I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant.’ ”
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for servant, ʿebed, contains at least two key ingredients: action (the servant as “worker”) and obedience.