Is Jesus Christ worthy to be called our leader? Some people think that Jesus was weak, so weak that He could not or would not even try to save Himself from death. If that were so than I would have to agree that He is not worthy to be called a leader, but that is not what happened.
When they came to take Jesus away, He told Peter: Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53 Now, does that sound like someone who was too afraid to stand up for Himself? Or does it sound like someone who knows what must be done and is willing to do the job?
While I was on active duty in the Marine Corps, Vietnam was winding down. I can remember walking the halls of many different units and looking at the pictures of Marines who had died in Vietnam and won the Medal of Honor. Many of them were awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously because they dove on top of a live grenade to save those around them. These men were heroes because they were willing to give their lives so that others might live. Well that is exactly what Christ did. He knew that His Father (God the Father) required death to anyone who has sinned. Since we have all sinned we all must die for those sins, that is God’s law. Yet God loved us and did not want us to die. He could not change His holy nature to abide sin or sinners, but He could pay the price for us. He did so by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to earth to die for us.
I often have heard a person who was the victim of a violent crime described as being a hero, because they suffered so much during the crime. I don’t in any way mean to take anything away from those people’s memory, but I am going to be blunt here. Having been both a Marine and a Deputy Sheriff I know that when a person has no choice in the matter and becomes a victim it is not the same thing as someone who willingly faces death for another person. The real hero is the person who could walk away but instead steps up and lays down his life for someone else, often for someone they don’t even know.
It is the same with bravery. How brave do you have to be to be taken by surprise and victimized? Now how brave does a person have to be to go into an unknown situation where they know there is life and death danger?
My point is that Christ was a hero and very brave, because He knew He could walk away, or call God’s Marines to come bail Him out, but He willingly chose not to because He knew He was our only hope. Yes in my book He is more than just worthy to be praised and worshiped, it is owed to Him by every human being. One day every person whether weak and fail or big and strong will bow down before Him and proclaim Him as Lord. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 As for me, I will gladly do so because I know He is worthy of my loyalty. I also know that he is always faithful to me too. That gives new meaning to the words Semper Fi!