Wednesdays are my day with Jesus. This morning I’m tucked away in the most private place at Starbucks, a one table nook. Last night before bed I read in Eugene Peterson’s “Reverse Thunder” this moving quote:
“Jesus juxtaposed the most glorious title available to him with the most menial of life-styles in the culture. He talked like a king and acted like a slave. He preached with high authority and lived like a vagabond” (p 30 – Reversed Thunder – Peterson).
What was the “glorious title” Peterson referred to above? Son of Man. Jesus called Himself the Son of Man repeatedly in the gospels. He referred to Himself as the Son (the unique Son of God) and as the Son of Man. Son of Man can sound like a diminishing of the Son of God, but in Daniel’s vision the Son of Man is the exalted King.
“And behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like the son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and he was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13,14).
Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal King, Sovereign, Holy and Exalted One, Son of God and Son of Man, my heart bows before You. One day every knee will bow before You (Philippians 2:10), yet Lord, You sunk to Your knees to wash feet (John 13:5). Even after Your resurrection You served Your disciples, cooking a sunrise breakfast (John 21:4-14). You lived on earth serving Your Father by serving people. You gave Your life in a zillion ways before You bore our sins on the Cross. And even in heaven, You serve Your people, always making intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).
This is a mystery of the highest order from the Highest Order. And strangely, the same mystery motivates our lives. I am in Christ. Called to glory and left here to serve. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead energizes my life and it is holy work to sort the laundry. I live my ordinary earth-life on two levels simultaneously. I want to make the connection more consciously. So I arrange a freshly folded stack of my husband’s undershirts in his drawer and lift the eyes of my heart up to the Lord.
“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of man came not tone served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28).
Live the mystery.