What do we see when we look upon Jesus? What do we hear in his voice? What do we feel in his touch?
We must confess that we see, hear, and feel the very “form of God” in humanity and servitude (Phil. 2:6a), “the word of life” our forebears declared, in whose fellowship we now stand (see 1 John 1:1-3). For in Christ Jesus, the Son of God has “emptied himself” (Phil. 2:7a), pouring himself out for us in offering and sacrifice: “taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.”
“And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death
—even death on the cross.” (Phil. 2:7b-8).
No wonder, then, that the name of Jesus is “sweet … in a believer’s ear,” to quote the famous hymn. Or, rather, it is all wonder, all love, all praise.
Our Savior’s name evokes such things, for through his abasement “God has highly exalted him,” and Jesus’ precious name stands high “above every name.”
We can only respond with “due and lowly reverence” to such meek majesty, bowing to show our “inward Humility, Christian Resolution, and due Acknowledgement that the Lord Jesus Christ, the true and eternal Son of God, is the only Savior of the World, in whom alone all the Mercies, Graces, and Promises of God to Mankind, for this Life and the Life to come, are fully and wholly comprised” (Church of England, 1604 Canons, Canon XVIII).
This Lent, let us turn our eyes upon Jesus, hear his voice, feel his touch again in his words and deeds. For in him, the image, the music, and the “weight of the glory” of divine love flash forth to save us — thrilling our hearts, setting us ablaze with love for him forevermore.
Dr Zachary Guiliano, Associate editor,The Living Church