It’s Narcissist Friday!
He left the comfort and glory of Heaven, which had rightfully been His for all eternity, to come to our world as a baby. He humbled Himself, became dependent on others. They were weak and untrustworthy and unkind. They struggled to survive and didn’t know how to love. But He trusted Himself into their hands. He, who had made the worlds and sustained the Universe, made Himself weak and vulnerable.
Even though He knew their hearts, He let them make decisions for Him. They fed Him and cleaned Him and taught Him. He, who was the King of kings and Lord of lords, grew among the people as one of them. He knew that He could never trust them, but He gave Himself to them.
He walked among the people patiently and with kindness, no matter how their petty manipulations affected Him. He listened to their concerns, valued them, and comforted them. He taught them gently and graciously. And when they decided they didn’t want to hear Him anymore, He yielded Himself to their will.
He loved them. He did it all because of love. The Master of empathy, He entered into our world and our lives. He felt our limitations and weaknesses. He experienced our temptations and our pain. He set His life aside to enter ours. Because of love.
Jesus is the anti-narcissist. I don’t mean that He is against the narcissist, but that He is against narcissism and exhibited to us a life without narcissism. Everything we know of Jesus is centered on His love for us. The gift of love, given by God Himself, was a gift of understanding and empathy.
And He didn’t come just to understand, but to show us that He understands. He didn’t come to live the perfect life in our world, but to give us that perfect life so we can live in our world and in His. He didn’t come just to show us His love, but to let that love overcome our bondage and pain and give us victory. He didn’t come to die, but to conquer death and set us free forever.
That’s what Christmas is all about. The anti-narcissist.