REIGNING WITH CHRIST
[Jesus said], “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Luke 7:24-28 NIV
FJ Huegel asks us to imagine the vast hierarchy of the Department of Defense of the United States. Imagine the very bottom of that hierarchy, perhaps a part-time contract janitor or landscaper at a local recruiting office. Consider the gulf between those civilian support positions up to the soldiers, and the honor due to even privates. Consider the gulf between a private and his drill seargeant and then again between the NCO’s and even junior officers. In your mind move up the chain of command, up through colonels to generals and to the joint chiefs of staff up to the Secretary of Defense and the President, Commander in Chief.
FJ HUEGEL: And from this let us turn to the Kingdom of God. Where now does the Christian stand? Where has he been placed in the divine economy? To what position has he been assigned by the Father of Lights who governs the universe? Is he to be likened to the janitor . . . of which we spoke? Or is his position rather that of a member of the presidential cabinet? Where has he been placed in the government of God? What, in other words, is his relation to the Most High God? Surely it was of this that the Savior was thinking when He said, referring to John the Baptist, that no greater prophet had ever been born of woman, only to add that the very least in the Kingdom of God was greater than he.
Prayer: Dear God, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus, your beloved son. You set John to his task in the desert. But even though he was simply clothed and ate only locusts and wild honey, his position was honored beyond the lot of all other humans. Jesus, however, says that even the least in your kingdom is greater than John. I aspire to be at least the least in your kingdom, so I must be aspiring to be greater than John. Lord, that is a scary thought. Still, during this advent and Christmas time, grant that I, too, might be commissioned to prepare the way of the Messiah. This I pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.