Matthew 20:24-28

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24 And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; 28 even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  (RSV)

Bro Ken Drage describes this passage as offering one of the Bible's "models" of atonement in Christ, one which doesn't "require death to [have been] imposed on Adam after his sin". He sees this as "accommodating theories of evolution". See K. Drage, A Plain Man looks at Evolution.