The Good Life: Consider Jesus
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:6-11).
He was the son of David, heir to a holy monarchy. Any moment would have been fitting for Christ to claim his crown and sit upon his throne. Yet he was herded like cattle before appointed officials, governors and prefects whose position depended on the volatile will of a distant emperor. In their ruthless, pandering hands lay power over Christ’s life.
He was the Son of God, immortal to eternity. Yet his mortality was judged by men whose lives are shorter than a breath in the breeze. Bounded beings would decree the end of God unending.
He was the Father’s Word that called creation to be when time was young. Yet creatures nailed him to a cross where life bows to decay.
This person, heir of David, Son of God, endless Word of the Father, chose these fates of irony. Thorns crowned his head, breath fled his frame, and his final words uttered our satisfaction. His meekness, that great strength bowed to God’s will, became a willing offering for our forgiveness.
Now, consider yourself. What reflection would you write?