In a world filled with power-abusers and criminal authorities, domineering directors and overbearing overseers, misguided management and selfish superiors…this is beautiful truth: Jesus is our highest authority, our Lord. And he is good, truthful, patient, and humble.
He is the captain of the universe, yet he is content to love and listen rather than attempting to convince of us his control.
He is the all-powerful King, yet he finds no need to flex power-muscles in our faces.
If poor leadership is characterized by self-preservation and stubborn pride, Jesus’ lordship is the epitome of the exact opposites.
Jesus humbled himself in a way no other human being ever has. He, God, became a baby. A helpless, incoherent, dependent infant.
He suffered what we suffer, felt what we feel, struggled with the burden of immortal soul housed in fragile body.
And then, he endured betrayal, injustice, abuse, and an incomprehensibly painful and demeaning death. Silently.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7 CSB
This is humility.
Advent has ended. After the angelic heralds and awe-struck shepherds had faded into the Bethlehem scenery…Jesus still had a long, hard life left to live.
For the majority of his existence on earth, he lived as a normal, everyday person. No one knew he was Lord.
When he entered the public sphere as a disciple-maker, most people doubted he was Lord.
As he agonized on the brink of death, no one believed he was Lord.
When he returned to his place of power at the right hand of God the Father, precious few knew he was Lord.
Today, as we live our lives as normal, everyday people, our faces are pointed toward a day to come, when all will know that he is Lord.
“…he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death — even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:7–11 CSB
Most of us will experience trials in our lives that could cause us question God’s sovereignty, or even his “right to rule.”
There is no shame in this — for we struggle as sight-bound creatures in a world where faith is hard to come by, and we operate under a God-instilled sense of justice that makes us ask, “Why?”
He remembers that we are but dust, and walks quietly by our side, waiting with us while we learn to trust.
When we walk through these moments, let us remember Jesus’ humility — he is no power-hungry dictator, bent on us bowing down through force.
He is the Gentle Shepherd, who knows what is best when we’re experiencing the worst, who will never leave us or forsake us, never shun us or resent us.
A new year is preparing to dawn. And we have no knowledge of what will unfold from within it.
If we encounter pain, opposition, hostility, grief, injustice, or suffering, let’s consider Christ’s sacrifice and humility.
May his beautiful atonement lead us to grasp for faith instead of sight.
May we find a joyful hope in the truth that he will one day bring perfect peace, right all wrongs, and wipe away all tears — for he is Lord.