The Apostle John was given a vision of our Lord in the book of Revelation. “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:11-16). This imagery is miles away from the humble carpenter’s son born into poverty we read about.
One of the most powerful aspects of Christianity are the paradoxes one often finds. To be greatest in the kingdom you must be servant of all (Mark 9:35); to have your daily needs met you cannot fret about them (Matthew 6:33); to be lifted up you must humble yourself (James 4:10). In a similar way, the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords came not in a royal way, but a humble one.
Paul put it this way in Philippians 2:5-11, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
It is so dangerous for us to forget that being followers of Jesus, we must emulate His mindset. If the God that was present during creation (John 1:1-3ff) could take up a body and life a sinless life, but still be a symbol of absolute humility, that says so much about how our own pride is foolish. Let us resolve to be more like our Savior and reflect the same mindset of humility as Jesus.