«Be like the Son of Man. He did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free»(Matthew 20:28, NIRV).
During the last two decades of the past century, a group of researchers from the University of Parma (Italy), led by the neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzolatti, studied a certain part of the brain: the premotor cortex which is the area responsible for planning, controlling, and executing voluntary movements. The researchers wanted to identify the neurons involved in the control of the hand movements of a macaque monkey. They placed electrodes that measured the neural activity of each action. However, something strange drew their attention: the instruments started to show neural activity even though the monkey was not making any movements. At first, they thought it was an error in the experiment, but after taking a second look, they noticed that the neurons fired when the monkey was watching the movements of the researcher. The neurons fired when the animal observed the action being done by someone else, so they called these cells «mirror neurons,» since they reflected the action of another individual in the brain of the animal. Other mirror systems were later found in the human body, which are activated when a person’s watches, listens to, or even imagines a specific behavior. dt is believed that these systems are responsible for preparing the way for interpersonal relations, mutual understanding, empathy, and imitation.
Taking this illustration to the spiritual realm, we can say that when we contemplate Christ’s life of service by faith, we are preparing ourselves to pursue the same work He did. If we dedicate one hour each day to meditate on His life and analyze it point by point and let our imagination rasp each scene, «with unveiled face, be holding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, we will be] transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord» (2 Cor. 3:18).
On that day, we will see Jesus by faith (Heb. 12:2) who said, «Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also» (John 14:12). The beloved disciple encourages us to imitate Christ, because «He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God» (3 John 11). Let us decide today to imitate the Son of Man who did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others.
He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free. (see Matthew 20:28).