“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:5-11 NKJV
As we enter this Holy Week, it is easy to become caught upon all the festivities of the week: the the Easter egg hunts, the bunnies, the veiled references to Tamuz, hidden ever so cleverly in all we do. Few of us will stop and consider the Man Jesus who walked through this week nearly two thousand years ago, as He approached the cross.
We do not consider the life journey of this Man of no reputation, who took on the form of a bondservant, dwelling in flesh just like us, experiencing all the temptations, all the struggles and the challenges, but who did not sin. We do not consider what was left behind that He be able to serve as the propitiation for our sins.
He should have been born into royalty, a crib with silken sheets and the sweetest scents, but instead, He was born into a cave of a stable, lain in a stone manger, smelling of sheep. The God of the Universe came to tabernacle with men, ushered into the this dimension under the most humble of circumstance.
He came to bring salvation, to tell of the true nature of the Father. He did not come in regalia, but the utmost simplicity, hiding the glory of God, veiled in human flesh. He was not received as He should have been due, but was met with rejection, as those who He had come tom save, had moved from the word of God and gone after their own self centered traditions.
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”
Isaiah 53:1-3 NKJV
Let us mark this week considering the King in all His beauty. He is now at the right hand of the Father, interceding forever on our behalf. As the evil one charges us for our sins, the Son stands and declares us not guilty, for He paid for our sins.
Brothers and sisters, let us remember the great sacrifice the Lord has made for us, for He laid aside His glory for us, and when we see Him next, He will bear the scars that we have given Him. As we go into this week, let us be faithful to live as those who have been redeemed, striving to live as ambassadors, representing our Great God.
The Lord has given us a great ministry, a divine calling to go and tell of what He has done. We do not take a rote, canned message, but one customized for each of us, for we have all come to the cross from many different experiences, each needing forgiveness from our sins.
Many on this sick and dying world need to hear of the this Jesus, this Man of no reputation, who left Heaven for earth, and walked willingly to the cross.
You might be be one entering this Holy Week, thinking of candy, bunnies and Easter eggs. You might be entertaining the idea of darkening the church house door this Sunday.
Know this: Jesus is real, He lived , He died, He rose again, and He can save you from your sins. We who believe do not bring this message as merely religious, but as people who have been changed.
This could be the greatest Easter ever in your lives! It was for me in 1998. I look back on all the Lord has done, and I rejoice daily at His goodness. I remember the fear I felt that day, and how I trembled as I walked the aisle, but I knew that this God who was drawing me would be with me.
In Him, I laid aside all that I had held dear, my precious reputation, built up on lies and obfuscations, and took on a new life, based not on me, but the righteousness of Christ.
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:7-11 NKJV
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