- 22. 12/24/15
The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no
justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that
there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him
victory, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on
righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation
on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle. According to
their deeds, so will he repay; wrath to his adversaries,
requital to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render
requital. So those in the west shall fear the name of the
Lord, and those in the east, his glory; for he will come like
a pent-up stream that the wind of the Lord drives on. And he
will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn
from transgression, says the Lord. And as for me, this is my
covenant with them, says the Lord: my spirit that is upon
you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not
depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your
children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children,
says the Lord, from now on and forever.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who,
though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality
with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And
being found in human form, he humbled himself and became
obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name
that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father.
Exaltation. Jesus, who was with God in the beginning, who was
God Himself, was glorified most in His descent. He descended
to earth to be born as a baby boy. Thirty three years later
he would descend yet again to a violent death on a cross. His
later ascension to heaven is given greater meaning because He
first descended to join us on our brokenness.
Paul aimed to imitate Christ's humility and wrote some of his
greatest encouragement to the church while he was a prisoner
in chains. He counted his sufferings as blessings instead of
loss because it helped him better relate to Christ. The more
he experienced that humble nature, the more he found himself
able to love those all around. Paul encourages us to imitate
him as he imitates Christ.
As we remember Christ's descent this evening, do we share
Christ's humility? Are we willing to stoop down and join
those in their brokenness near us?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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