“You are great and powerful, glorious, splendid, and majestic. Everything in heaven and earth is yours, and you are king, supreme ruler over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11
I was reading another scripture today, and had the thought “I wonder how Jesus felt seeing His creation for the first time from a human perspective?”. Did He laugh at things humans called something odd? Or giggle when he saw things used in a way he did not mean for it to be used? Or did He smile because in our name or creative use we mirror the creativeness of the Father?
We live in a world that values titles. We allow titles to define who we are. We want the letters behind our name. We want to be acknowledged as an expert. We want our work labeled great. Yet, Jesus was part of creation and we never see Him correcting the purpose of the things He created. We see He was so willing to release all His titles to become Savior.
God is great and powerful, yet He willingly stripped Himself of those attributes to become the Son of Man to pay the price for our sins.
“Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death— his death on the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8
He is glorious, splendid and majestic and yet He humbled Himself, coming to earth as a baby. He was born in a lowly stable, with a manger for a bed. There was nothing glorious, splendid or majestic about the way He came.
“and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
Everything in heaven and earth were His. Yet He was tempted in the desert by Satan. He offered Him the world if Jesus would worship him. And as a human, the son of man, Jesus overcame that temptation, to set an example for us.
“Then the Devil took him up and showed him in a second all the kingdoms of the world. “I will give you all this power and all this wealth,” the Devil told him. “It has all been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I choose. All this will be yours, then, if you worship me.” Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’”” Luke 4:5-8
He stood before the rulers of the land and did not exert His authority as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“Pilate went back into the palace and called Jesus. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. Jesus answered, “Does this question come from you or have others told you about me?” Pilate replied, “Do you think I am a Jew? It was your own people and the chief priests who handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, my kingdom does not belong here!” So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”” John 18:33-37
We have to be willing to lay down the titles we cling to in order to become like Christ. Jesus knew who He was, so He did not have to be recognized in order to walk in His true identity. It is nice to be recognized, but our true motive should be to glorify God. Who you are is defined by God and that is where we should want to walk!
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