Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wonderful Grace

Sempervivim blossom

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
 2 Corinthians 8:9 

Instead He emptied Himself  by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men.  And when He had come as a man 
in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. 

Philippians 2:7–8

Jesus is the second person of the Trinity.  He existed from the beginning. He is owner creator and author of everything. He stepped down from the throne of heaven, to become a man. In doing so He gave up all of His privileges and wealth as King of the Universe.

Consider what He gave up when He left heaven and took on a human body:

  • He left His Father, God. He would not enjoy the Father's immediate presence for more than 30 years. 
  • He left behind the angelic hosts who were worshiping Him, glorifying Him. 
  • He left a behind a heavenly home that far exceeded in splendor, majesty, and comfort of anything on earth. 
  • He left His pre-incarnate existence in the form of God, without limitations, to take on a physical body subject to fatigue, aches, and pains.
He left all of that glory and honor behind for those who would reject him. In an act of gratuitous love He became poor that we might be rich in heavenly riches. He emptied Himself of His previous heavenly glory for our sake. He took on human form, and gave His life for us. He suffered and died on a cross like a common criminal for us.

As believers we become rich through the sacrifice and willing poverty of Christ. We receive eternal life. We actually become joint heirs with Christ.  Romans 8:17  We receive the riches of heavenly glory which are His riches given to us.

He gave up so much for us – What shall we give for him?

The breeze of divine grace is blowing upon us all. But one needs to set the sail to feel this breeze of grace.

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