Absolute Power of Christ (Advent 15, 2016)

Power and fame bring out the worst in most people. The landscape is littered with child actors who became total misfits, celebrities who turn into their own solar systems, and with politicians who want to run everyone else’s lives even while failing to manage their own. It’s not surprising it’s called a “lust” for absolute power.  Lord Acton once famously said,

 Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

While the corrupting influence of power is kind of a truism among humanity, there is one notable exception: Jesus Christ.

Famous as a baby.
Famous, period.
Arguably the most influential person ever to walk the planet.
Even for those who don’t regard Him as Savior.
What other 33-year-olds whose work span lasted only three years had such a lasting impact on earth, even nearly 2000 years after death?

Absolute power.

Ah, but absolutely perfect, absolutely just, absolutely benevolent, absolutely holy.

This is what was prophesied about the Messiah in Isaiah 9: 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Reflect today on what sets Jesus Christ apart in terms of absolute power.

For insight, read Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


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