This week, we watched a short clip on the news of the emperor of Japan and his wife visiting the earthquake/tsunami victims as they are camped in gymnasiums and such places.
The imperial couple knelt as the spoke with the people sitting on the ground.
This was apparently a huge gesture of humility and compassion. In a hierarchical society this was a potent gesture.
It made me think about what Jesus did. His dying and humiliation is to lift us up out of our dire situation, not to judge us. He is God with us and for us.
Only what he did is even more: he died for the ones deserving punishment, the righteous for the unrighteous, the lovely one for the unlovely.