It’s hard for me to get my brain around the whole truth about Jesus.
God. Creator. King. Alpha and Omega. Word Made Flesh. Savior. I AM.
God Himself formed in a teenage girl. Born in poverty. Cradled with critters. Humble.
What makes the maker of stars walk along dusty paths among broken people all the way to Calvary?
What makes perfect righteousness and justice stand and take a sinners’ punishment?
What makes the Great I AM, the One before whom no one can stand, suffer an undeserved death sentence?
Though He was God,
He did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up His divine privileges;
He took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When He appeared in human form,
He humbled Himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Perfect humble love.
It’s easy for me to imagine Jesus gentle and loving when I think about Him sitting on the hillside with His disciples or welcoming little children to His lap, but…
When I think about Jesus:
Raising the dead.
Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out. John 11:43–44
“All right, go!” Jesus commanded them. So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water. Matthew 8:32
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed. Mark 6:41 & 44
The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. As Jesus said “I am He,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! John 18:3 & 6
Soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Luke 8:23–24
I am humbled.
Jesus. God/Man. When you and I spend too much time focused on one side or the other we miss the whole of who He is. We miss the blessing of knowing Him.
When we make Him too small, too much like us, we fail to see our need for Him. Likewise, when we make Him too big, we make Him impersonal and unapproachable.
But Emmanuel . . . God with us, that is Jesus. Savior. King. Victorious. Shepherd. Love.
Do you ever feel less than lovable?
When you’re… Cranky. Impatient. Unproductive. Critical. Discouraged. Insecure. Etc.
When life makes you feel small, insignificant, unlovable…
Remember – no matter how you feel – you are loved. The King of kings and Lord of lords gave up everything to show you how much. No success will make Him love you more. No failure will make Him love you less.
He is the perfect example of humble love.
And through His humble love, through His sacrifice, He defeated sin, death, and Satan’s power. He is victorious. He is the name above all names.
Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor
and gave Him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:3,5–11
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
And He loves you!
When I think of His miracles and His victory, when I think of Him laying down the glories of heaven I am humbled. When I think of His example of perfect personal love I am able to love others.
Jesus. Emmanuel. The Word made flesh. The Way, Truth, and Life. Good news!
“Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all. Amen, and come Lord Jesus.” ~Frederick Buechner
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