I see pictures of the king everywhere in my adopted Arab hometown.

He is in every school and government building I enter, looking regal in the local equivalent of dress blues, commanding in his military fatigues, and spiritual in religious garb on his pilgrimage to Mecca. My favorite falafel shop showcases him as a family man, seated with his supermodel wife and children.

On the other hand, his image hangs in my neighborhood fruit stand, defying my expectations: a real normal t-shirt-wearing guy typing on his laptop. And I can’t help but smile back at his three-year-old face in the police station where I renew my visa.

One man, at once regal and royal, commanding, spiritual, familial, and human (he was once a child, after all). He is so unlike the rest of us, yet like us. He faces temptation. He wants to raise respectable kids and leave a legacy. He thinks about eternity. Each picture teaches me something about his person and his priorities.

In this I’m reminded of Jesus – fully God, in that awe-inspiring and seemingly untouchable way, yet fully man in that he’s walked where we walk. God thought it so important that Jesus identify with us that he offered Jesus total humanness, and Jesus accepted.

Philippians 2:6 – [Jesus] Who, being in very nature God, … made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death.

Why? Not for his own glory, but for the glory of the Kingdom.

My king is a celebrity. His visibility inspires my trust in his leadership. The diversity of photos help me understand the many dimensions of who he is. He can be found anywhere.

Much like Jesus.

 

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