Tonight at our Bible Study on Hebrews, we were reflecting on Hebrews 5, the passage that talks about Jesus as the great high preist. One passage in particular brought out an interesting thought from my friend Tim. The verse is:
And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’… (Hebrews 5.4-5, NRSV).
Tim compared this understanding of Jesus to the way the universe chooses it’s president in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the story, the president has no power because anyone who actually wants the job has no business having the power.
One can only take analogies so far of course, but this seems like a great way to begin to think about the relationship Jesus has with power. He did not seek after the glory, but was given it by God who chose him. What kind of power is usually wielded by those who seek to glorify themselves? Should they be given power? What does it mean for us that Jesus chose to go through the wildernes and calvary before the resurrection and ascension to act as our constant high preist at God’s right hand?