“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Php 2:5-8, ESV)
G.K Chesterton writes in his work Orthodoxy, “The primary paradox of Christianity is that the ordinary condition of man is not his sane or sensible condition; that the normal self is the abnormality.”
And so I begin to understand something when I read of Jesus humbling himself while existing in the form of God. I understand that the form of God is described by insane people like me as “humble,” but he was not really humble.
After all, for me to call something red, I would expect that there is another color that is not red. Purple and blue help me know when something is not red. As far as red is concerned, purple and blue are abnormal. They are not red. However, if there were no other colors and everything was only seen as red, then red would cease to be a color. Then what we see would be free of abnormalities.
So, I possess an abnormality. In fact, in form, I am abnormal, insane.
Did Christ really humble himself? Or is this language of crazy people?
“For I the Lord do not change…”
A new color has been introduced in the incarnation….
A color unseen previously…
A color which throws everything to the uttermost nicety into contrast…
It looks abnormal. In fact it is universally and timelessly abnormal.
God came to earth simply as God and my brutishness dubs him humble.
“And this is the judgment:
the light has come into the world,
and people loved the darkness rather that the light
because their works were evil.”
O God give me clarity of sight and mind to see the normality you expose;
Teach me to pray and sing in the manifestations of my insanity;
To rejoice in your promise of reformation.
Reform me to proper form: your form.
Thank you Jesus for being The Usual.