Because Jesus knew who he was, where he was from and where he was going, he was able to humble himself and serve his friends. Jn13:3–4
This stained glass art of Jesus as The Good Shepherd is inside the First United Methodist Church of Edmond. As I was there for a friend’s wedding rehearsal, it really captured my attention and I couldn’t shake it from my mind. As religious art is supposed to do, it invited me into contemplation. If you look more closely, you’ll see Moses and Elijah on either side, meaning this is actually a depiction of the transfiguration. The artist has hit some deep meaning here… while the transfiguration revealed the glory of Jesus’ deity, the incarnation revealed the character of his deity.
Because Jesus was secure in his identity, he had complete freedom not to overwhelm us with his power but to humble himself and show us pure, selfless love.
As Jesus’ disciples and apostles, our transformation into his likeness will always result in greater humility of self and deeper love for other.
May it be so.