Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)
Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey.
He, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave.
When a person has true power and great confidence, there is no need for bluster. You don’t have to strut if you really are the most powerful and mighty. Some people don’t seem to know that. Mohamud Ali pronounced, “I am the greatest!” Superstars, celebrities, politicians, and self-important people will have their people go before and get things ready for them. The most popular bands have their warm-up band play first.
But that’s not how God works. When God became a man, he took himself down to the point of being a slave. God became not only a man, but an extremely humble man. Jesus’ life shows what fear, love and trust in God can do: it can make you able to endure all manner of hardship and suffering even death, with a confidence that spans the chasm of shame and suffering, and sin.
Jesus didn’t have to prove anything. He didn’t have to convince people of who he was; in fact he refused to do so! But he came to us in humility, empty of all self-importance, but bringing us eternal salvation. What an incredible gift!
The next time you are tempted to be self-important, why not reconsider, take the role of a slave, and in faith and fear of God see how he will vindicate you.