Jesus, Who existed in the form of God,
And being found in appearance as a man,
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him,
In 1985, when I was in Ocean City, New Jersey, on a summer project with a large group of Christian students with the purpose of sharing the gospel and receive training, there was a girl asking me some riddle about the most important man in my life. I was somewhat stuned when she answered: Jesus. Simply because I had not thought about Him.
I have often asked myself the question: why Jesus? We as Christians are told to love Jesus. Yes, He has done a lot that gives us reason to love Him. Yet it often seems so abstract to say that you love Him. To be honest, I do not like songs with lines like: "I love you Jesus", simply because I do not feel like that. Yes, I know there is enough reason to thank Him for what He has done for me, but that does not mean that you love Him.
One day, when I was praying, God seemed so far away, unreachable for me. Then when I thought of Jesus, I suddenly realize that He was the gate to God, the full expression of God. He is called the Word, the Word throught which the universe was made. And yet He had become man and lived on earth to make free the road to God. Yes, with respect to God, He is the only one we need.
Sometimes, I was jealous of women, because for them it seems so much more natural to love Jesus, as He is a man. And indeed, if you read the gospels it seems as it are the women who love Jesus most, or at least express their love most clearly. Nowhere you read about men kissing the feets of Jesus and washing His feets with their tears.
Only lately, I realized that I, as a man, find in Him the perfect example of how I should be. And what is more, how I can become like Him, throught the Holy Spirit, which He has sent to us to be with us. Now I faintly begin to understand that I can adore Him, look-up to Him, admire Him, and respect Him. And that too is a way of loving Him.