We see this disordered play for power at the time of Christ. The world did not know Him because His power did not fit the domination mold. He showed that power could be obtained by the opposite behaviors of the world’s system. Jesus amassed a large following of thousands of people not through aggression and hostility, but through His love, kindness, humility and compassion. The world did not know power could be obtained in this way and so they did not recognize Him as the Messiah.
Nothing has changed since the beginning of recorded history. Domination and power in politics, the church and our own families sets up subtle snares. Whenever we imagine that we are in control of a life – our own or someone else’s – we have fallen prey to the ancient whisper in the Garden: “You shall be like gods.” Our own mortality however is the enduring reminder that we become like God not by our own power, but by the power of the cross.
Welcome to the Kingdom of God where power corrupts and where charity, compassion and humility give power. “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” Matthew 23:12.