Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your King comes to you; triumphant and victorious is He, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
Madonna wants twenty international phone lines. Beyonce’s dressing room has to be 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Justin Bieber won’t perform unless he gets a full-size ironing board and an iron (who irons his shirts?). Katie Perry draws the line at carnations—none of those for her! Twenty white kittens and a hundred doves are the demands of Mariah Carey, and animal rights activist Sir Paul McCartney bans fur, leather and meat from the premises of his performances. Some say these outlandish requests are just to ensure the venue managers are really reading the contracts. Really? I thought it was because these celebs think they are really something special. Really. Like my father used to say, these people put their pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us.
The greatest Celebrity of all time did not act like this. The words humble and humility appear ninety-six times in the Bible. When Jesus walked this earth, He did not insist that people recognize Him as the great and mighty person He was. His was a ministry of attraction, not promotion. He “did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,” states Philippians 2:6, “but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness” (v. 7). Christ forgave divinely that we might learn to forgive other sinners like us (Ephesians 4:32). He calls us to be holy in all our conduct because He is our holy example (1 Peter 1:15-16). And when He knew His hour was near, and “that he had come from God and was going to God,” He poured water into a basin and washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:4-5). Peter, shocked at Christ’s servant-like actions, cried, “You will never wash my feet!” (v. 8). But Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with Me.” Peter allowed himself to be served by his unpretentious Lord, this Servant King who knew no pretense, no conceit. This is God’s daily covenant—contract—with us.
Lord, when I begin to think I’m someone special, remind me that I am! I’m a child of God! Amen