When a loving couple desiring a child learn their desire is met, dreams of success and a great future form in their hearts and minds. Have you ever wondered if Einstein’s mother believed her baby would be considered a genius? Or did Alexander Graham Bell’s parents see a connection between their name and the invention their son would bring to the world?
Did Mary see a King or a Servant when she looked upon her baby boy for the first time?
“And Mary brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7.
- her firstborn son…
Did she see the ,
“…King of kings, and Lord of lords…” Rev. 19:16
Or did she see one,
“Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Phil. 2:6,7.
- and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger…
Did she see,
“…the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” Rev. 13-16.
Or did she see him as,
“He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments: and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” John 13:4.
- And laid him in a manger…
Did she see him,
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:3.
Or did she see him,
“…when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.” Matthew 27: 59-60.
Mary knew her son was destined for a throne, but did she know a cross came before the crown? And what does this have to do with us and greatness?
As Jesus took on the form of a servant, He tells us,
“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20: 27,28.
He taught us true greatness;
“Ye call me Master and Lord; and ye say well; for so I am. If I then your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:13-17.
And He showed us greatness:
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life…Know this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:4,6.
Do you want a life of greatness? One for your children?
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children…” Deut. 6:4-7. Herein lies the road to greatness.