Listen. Here is a mystery.
When the time drew near for violence to be done on the innocent, he knew the violence was coming. He knew he would suffer and die at the hands of those with power.
But their power was false power. Yes, they killed him, but the power to kill is not very powerful. It is the weak who kill, not the strong. The strong serve. The innocent one said so himself.
Here is the mystery. When the time drew near for violence to be done on the innocent, the innocent said, “I am among you as one who serves.”
That is power.
This is a mystery to remember before and after the violence, in the midst of violence. The innocent one is alive and he is still among us as one who serves. That has not changed, nor will it ever change. He is a king who serves. His servanthood is the very thing that made and makes him king.
To follow the servant king is to serve. Nothing more. The power of the king is no-power. I said it was a mystery, didn’t I? It truly is. Pray to be a child and embrace the mystery.
This is a truth to practice when violence is done. He is among us as one who serves.