A certain person is described as having existed as God and creator before time began – “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. All things were made by him…and the word became human and dwelt among us.”
From the Garden of Eden onwards, this person is the subject of prophecies by many different people spanning millennia.
“I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but He is not near. A star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel…,” said Ballam.
Isaiah was bold to speak one of my favorite and perhaps the most radical prophecy about this person.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Micah also poetically foretold that there was coming a figure that existed before time began. I love how he said it:
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
His conception was announced by an arch angel to a virgin. His birth was announced by a company of angels. Even the stars announced his birth.
Yet, this person was born in the lowliest of places. Among animals. His place of birth speaks volumes. God shocks us first by being born and then turns our world upside down by entering the world in a place my daughter describes as yucky.
God came to us as a “nobody” and even when we tried to make him “somebody,” he refused, choosing rather to refer to himself as son of man. He stripped himself of every title and washed the feet of his disciples. Even after his resurrection, having the power that runs the universe, that controls galaxies and governments and to which every name now and for eternity is subject, He cooked for and served His disciples. This shattered my world when I saw it. True power, true influence in heaven and on earth, in society and in the spirit has nothing to do with your rank and title but with your spirit, I am beginning to realize.
Before departing, He shocks us beyond measure by giving access to His power and authority to any one crazy enough to believe it. He would. He is God who chose to be born in a manger and to refer to himself as son of man. He would have no qualms making any human a son of God equipped with all the love, the humility and the power that makes God God.
Even if you are the most famous “somebody” in your world, you can wash the feet of your followers and fans, both literally and metaphorically and not lose any iota of your true power. Counterintuitively, you will increase in power and influence. Even as the lowliest “nobody”, you can have access to the very same power that runs the universe and controls galaxies and governments. Christ is how.