Have you ever noticed that Jesus walk wherever he went? He was the son of God, and could have had a horse or donkey to ride as he traveled but he chose to walk. The only time that he rode was the beginning of what we call the “passion week.” The type of horse that Jesus rode said a lot about who he was. A white horse was ridden by a king that had just won a battle, a donkey was ridden by a servant king. Jesus chose to ride the colt of a donkey as a servant king.
The question is why did Jesus chose not to ride a horse until this time? The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 13: 4 & 5. Love does not dishonor others.
The life that Jesus lived was one that made him available to everyone. Jesus could be seen with fishermen, tax collectors, Jewish leaders, the common people, and those despised by the Jews. It was not hard for him to be with others because he honored them by meeting their needs. Most of his ministry was to preach/teach God’s true words. In teaching the law and the prophets (and the rest of the scriptures) he was able to clarify the meaning that God had intended for them to be. The main purpose of the scriptures was to bring people to God and teach them how to live a holy life. He showed them how to do that. Other ways he honored them was by meeting there needs, healing the sick, raising the dead, forgiving sin and whatever their need was.
As we imitate Christ we should follow his example of showing honor to others. It goes without saying that we can not do everything that Jesus did do to the gifts that we have been given and our spiritual condition. (I hope to explain more about this at a much later date.) What we can do is to show respect to everyone we come in contact with by trying to meet the needs of others as God would have us do. Remember that Jesus did not heal everyone nor did he raise everyone from the dead.
Is there someone in your life that you might need to show a little more respect to? A family member, a friend, a coworker, a supervisor, or a politician? Romans 13 tells us that all authority is established by God and therefore when we honor those in authority we are also honoring God.
By imitating Christ we do not dishonor others but we honor them by esteeming them or by helping to meet their needs.
God Bless you as you imitate Christ.