Kadrmas: The week that changed the world forever
Hold on to these two words — servant and creator. As we approach Easter, we take time to reflect on our Lord’s passion, sacrifice and resurrection. Let’s take a brief moment to think back to the way beginning — the creation story.
When a person thinks of the creation story, not just glossing over the words but really taking it in and pondering how magnificent it really is, and the detail that surrounds us — from the colors of fall, to the beauty of a spring day, how unique every created creature is, the complexity of our solar system and the list can go on.
To think all this came from the mind of one awesome and almighty God. To try to grasp the immeasurable power behind such a creation is impossible and to realize all of it is purely out of love. Love, because truly none of this brings any more glory to God — he doesn’t need it — He’s glory itself. Whether the cosmos exists or not isn’t going to change God at all. All of this for another reason — love — a love never ceasing that wanted us to exist and share in this love story, a love story we can’t begin to fathom. A person can’t help but ponder at length on the loving nature of God.
This same creator loved us so much to leave the heavens themselves, to come down and live amongst his creations, to willingly serve them and ultimately be rejected and nailed to a cross by them. This is humility shining at its brightest. To try to imagine — before anything began, Christ knew what was all going to take place and yet, embraced it all. A bottomless pit of love that we can never deplete.
To try to think about the passion, I can’t help but think about the creation story — all the power that God wields and yet Christ willingly submitted himself to the brutal beating, mockery, crowning with thorns and, ultimately, to carry a cross made for him to be nailed to — those events show us the caliber of love he has for us. I can’t imagine the names he must have been called and can’t even fathom the scourging, to think that while all that was going on, Christ wanted love to prevail.
Is that an example we can follow? Through our own trials and the individual crosses we carry in daily life, can we live humbly and serve? Sin is always working on us to reject the cross and seek self-gratification.
We have the perfect model for both being a servant and acting with humility.
A person can look at that — on a smaller scale — to how power is being wielded today.
Political leaders of nations use their power to oppress their own people or groups of people. Governments use their money — taken from the people — to invest in immoral causes. The same can be said for employers that treat their employees unfairly. The typical corporate executive makes seven figures, while the bottom man has to work two jobs to make ends meet. There are plenty more examples that can be mentioned.
Yet, at the forefront all of the bad a person can think of is a humble man carrying a cross, a man that has the power to create a universe and yet, while being laughed at and mocked by his executioners, this same man won’t even utter one uncharitable word toward them.
Could we put ourselves in Christ’s shoes — with all the power he has — and still carry the rugged cross? To willingly serve others even when they rebuke you and not lash out? Christ served perfectly. He didn’t pull any punches when push came to shove either, whether it was the cleansing of the temple or the lesson of the narrow road verses the wide road. Christ gave us the hard truth out of love, so we can understand.
Far too many times, power is being used unjustly, when pride, greed and many other forms of sin weed their way in, the effects are very damaging. Just look at a paper or watch the local news. Better yet, look around right where we are planted.
It’s troubling to me when I’m in a restaurant and see a waitress or waiter being treated poorly by a customer, almost, one could say, in a master/servant sort of mentality — very dangerous ground. Or when an individual in an apartment building decides that everyone in the building needs to listen to their music, a complete disregard for one’s neighbor is giving in to the devil’s snares rooted in selfishness. The people we encounter in daily life deserve our love and respect, what we think of them or the mood we wake up in is no excuse to deviate from that.
We have our example from Christ how we are to live and conduct ourselves, whether we want to imitate that example is up to us and will ultimately define us.
Lent should make us reflect and possibly be a spiritual shot in the arm, to think how we are treating others and asking ourselves: Can I live humbly and serve, following Christ’s example? If I’m in a position of authority, am I using my authority justly? Because through all the choices we make in life, there is a humble servant and creator — carrying a rugged cross, who wants us all in the end to be in heaven with Him.
Kadrmas is the production supervisor of The Dickinson Press. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.