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In Christ Our Hope

As humble as Christ!

« Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself» John 6:15

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Nowadays, actors and footballers are strikingly famous and earn so much money. John Lennon, a Beatles's musician, even claimed to be "more popular than Jesus". Most people want actually to be famous. Are you aspiring to celebrity? What does the Bible say about fame? Jesus gives us a good example when fame was apparently the only way out of the situation.

 

Jesus had just fed over 5,000 people and achieved a bunch of other miracles (John 6). The people, while festering under the merciless roman occupation, was longing for such a hero. Therefore, they wanted him to become no more, no less than their king. How did Jesus, the King of kings react? 

 

« Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself» John 6:15 At that period, Jesus was just known as a carpenter’s son and therefore had nothing to do with a royal family on the human social ladder. From that perspective, it is quite incredible! Jesus, the carpenter’s son has got such a wonderful opportunity to be proclaimed king, but he fled: he withdrew to a mountain. A lot of people would have not understood what he did. The reason is: if we look closer; being famous, wealthy and powerful would have maybe allowed Jesus to reach more people. So Why did he flee?

 

It wasn’t God’s plan, and the only thing Jesus was longing for, was to do the will of His Father. The other way would only come from the intellect-human reasoning. « I am not seeking glory for myself» John 8:10. Therefore, he chose the harder way instead of the fame. What does it mean for us christians? 

 

Jesus being our role-model, this attitude should be ours. Some people are/want to be well-known engineers, doctors, singers, ministers, scientists, actors etc. The motivation can be good, but it is important to be cautious. God’s ways are not ours and we shouldn’t look at anything more than him. God might want you to have just a humble position, knowing that you would serve Him there in an awesome way. On the other hand, He can want you to have a better position on the human social scale.

 

The fact remains, however, that you should not long for anything more than God. Jesus was humble and we see it straightaway in the fact that he was born in a humble manger and died on the cross as a murderer, even though he was innocent. He did that for us to be saved and he is willing to help us to be as he is: humble, saint, etc.That’s really what we should look for.

 

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