All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing made had being.
John 1:3 (Complete Jewish Bible)
In conclusion to my posts on 3 Kings I wanted to make sure that you understand my motivation.
Behind all of this is the Great King, Jesus.
He has ordained and been involved in the creation of all things.
Our modern understanding of kings is primarily limited to fairy tales, legends, and history as we know it.
Wenceslas was a good king, because he sought to emulate Jesus. In the end, he was human and subject to human weaknesses.
Herod might have been a good politician, but was fearful and did not know God. In the end, his self-righteous acts made him one of the worst villains in human history.
Yet, Jesus, humbled himself and became a man. He became what he created. It says, "without him nothing made had being."
Jesus humbly packaged as a human being had the power to create the world at his finger tips.
Jesus's example was not merely an act of humility, but an invitation to follow him in his greatness.
We, creatives, want to be great.
We want to be great people and great artists.
What does Jesus's greatness really look like?
- He always urged people to be better based on truth
- He was unconventional
- He seized opportunities as they came to Him
- He knew when to rest
- He always knew who He was and where He was going
- He was not bound by governmental or social systems imposed on Him
- He was not bound by what people saw in the present reality or with their own eyes
- He did not tell people what they wanted to hear, but what they needed to hear and He employed stories
This list is far from conclusive. Blog post after blog post could be filled with Jesus's finer qualities. I do not speak in a relativistic or universalistic way when I refer to Jesus. You can have tactile experiences with Jesus. But when you really really get to know Him, you will see that we are meant for greater creativity.
I will be taking a break for the holidays and will post again the week following New Years.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!