The collision between a cruise ship and a sand bar near Italy has been big news all around the world. The conduct of the captain has some calling for criminal charges. I liked this quote from CNN, quoting a US Coast Guard veteran, lawyer and Coast Guard Academy Instructor – "If you're going to be master of a ship, your responsibility is first to your passengers, second to your crew, then you look after yourself," said Allen, a Coast Guard veteran. "It's shameless and dishonorable [for the captain] to take himself out of the mix like that."
Jesus made a different choice – to insert Himself ‘into the mix’, so to speak. He chose to identify with a rebellious crew of shipwrecked sinners. As Hebrews 2:9-10 puts it (better than I ever could), "But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder (or captain) of their salvation perfect through suffering."
The captain in Italy chose to save himself and was dishonored and worse. Jesus – My Lord, my Savior, my Captain - chose not to save himself, but us. Because of that, God honors Him – and we should to. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” Luke 9:24