Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Humility and Unselfishness of Christ

1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no-one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."

It is important that we take a bit of time to meditate on these precious aspects of the character of Jesus, which is the Spirit behind the True Fast:

We have already mentioned the humbleness of Jesus birth and life, but the contrast of where He came from warrants much emphasis. Jesus had been at the founding and establishment of the universe, of all things seen and unseen. He had the joy of being in the constant and immediate presence of His Father, and resided in a throne-room that must be immeasurably more magnificent than any on earth. He was on the seat of all the power and authority in the universe, surrounded by myriads of angels serving and praising Him.

His Father looked down to earth and saw that the only way to bring the people that He had created back into His presence was to send His Precious only Son down them. To live among them so as to show Himself to them and demonstrate how they are to live out their lives, and then to suffer an excruciating death for them.

So Jesus humbly obeyed His Father and descended from the pinnacle of the glory of heaven, to become a man, a helpless baby, born in a stable to a humble virgin. Then He in the greatest possible humility constantly referred to His Father and obeyed Him absolutely implicitly, even to the point of death on a cross.

In this ineffable humility, he demonstrated supreme and total unselfishness. He emptied Himself of His position, His opinions and preferences, His rights, His comfort, His reputation and His lifeblood. In this state of weakness, surrender and vulnerability, the absolute epitome of unselfishness, He defeated the power of sin and death, and of Satan and His demons. No wonder Jesus told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12: 9).

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