Could this be the awaited saviour? BETHLEHEM, JUDEA: Local shepherds claim that angels appeared to them and told them to go and see a newborn baby boy, who will grow up to be the messiah. “At first we were shocked at the sight” said one of them. “I mean, have you ever seen anything like that?” “But,” tells another, “the angel told us not to fear. ‘Said it is good news of great joy for all!” “Then, suddenly, I just saw light and angels everywhere” added another sheep herder. “The whole sky lit up with them.” One of the group, who want to remain anonymous, claimed to our journalist in private that the child did not live up to the hype: Compared to the remarkable announcement, he complained, the sight of a baby in a manger was quite an ordinary, humble experience – the advertisement was bigger than the product, in his opinion. “But my colleagues will boo me if I say it out loud.”
Mark 10 43 whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Ph 2 Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
What a wondrous and incomprehensible statement: God – the maker of the universe, the all-powerfull and omnipotent sovereign – became a human baby. Frail. Vulnerable. Knowing nothing. He became the lowest of the low, the servant of us all, “nothing to look at.”(Isa 53:2) And how is even that fact abused! “But Jesus was male” say the male supremacists. “That proves that God prefer maleness, that men belong at the top of the hierarchal food chain.” What a misunderstanding of the gospel! The Son gave up all privilege, humbled himself, and took on “the very nature of a servant”. If God became female, it would have given some credibility to the hierarchal view of the patriarchy supporters. It may have implied that being a woman is by default a servant position, a state of lowness, more so than being male is. With God the Father being called Father (male), and the humbled, God-human representative coming down as a female, it may have been the ultimate patriarchal statement. “God is called He, so God is male” was a reasonable, if imperfect, argument in Old Testament times. (A God that is spirit has no biological qualities of either male or female.) I could even see why proud men would try to use it as an excuse to be in charge.
Superficially, it may look like the case for male supremacy doubled when Jesus was born. But it did not. Our creator is a “He” ( describes Himself as carrying Israel in the womb, giving birth and nursing His people- e.g. Isaiah 46:3-4, while never describing himself as physically male). The humbled servant of us all was male – male in every physical way.
Jesus being male drew a strikethrough line right through male privilege, not an emphasis line below it.