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This is just a little experiment. Basically when we (humans) think of the word KING we think of a man with a huge crown and just looking quite ravishing. Here are some pictures that pretty much confuse our human nature’s way of thinking. Now for us Christians we do understand Jesus is King but who will admit that even the picture we get from God’s word about the KING doesn’t fit the king that we have been conditioned to understand? I will admit it. I actually use to live my life as a “Christian” looking forward this type of greatness. (Riches, Famous, Adored)
This has a lot to do with the system that has been set up in the Christian body (church) today. Even while Jesus went to the very lowest state and became “nothing” for us we still can’t comprehend this in this sinful nature. It much like how the bad pharisees treated Jesus, who didn’t recognize him because of the condition he was in. Not wearing crowns, not wealthy, not following traditions. To them, to us that does not show a good king. We understand kings to be dressed elegantly, with traditions that would show his superiority. In some fellowships today it is very customary for the people to stand when ever the “pastor” comes into the room. (I could go on but I think you get the point)
It’s amazing because even while looking at this picture my sinful nature relates to both the top and the bottom picture opposed to the middle picture. What keeps me from grabbing hold of that is God’s word which describes what the greatest looks like. Look at Paul, Peter and the other earlier Christians. They were not very ravishing in the sight of men; who wants to be aligned with that. (I do)… Man did God really throw a wrench into our way of living.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The experts in the law and the Pharisees (pastors) sit on Moses’ seat. Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing even to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by people, for they make their phylacteries wide and their tassels long. They love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, and to have people call them ‘Rabbi.’ But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. And call no one your ‘father’ on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.