Contemplating the glory of Christ’s humility


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Today’s Readings: Luke 12:35-48; 2 Thess. 3:14-18; Psalm 150; 2 Chron. 30-33

The humility, the humbleness of God. It is not a topic we address often. Yet
nestled here in Luke’s Gospel is one of the most stunning concepts ever to
confront the heart and mind of man: That God, the eternal, ineffable, glorious,
Imperial Majesty of Heaven and earth does not disclose Himself only in that
unapproachable light of His transcendence, but in figures of incomprehensible
humility. He doesn’t find the image of being a servant any more to be shunned
than He does being equal with God a thing to be grasped at. For the revelation
of His glory, is ever and always attended with the revelation of His heart to
give – above anything He might be able to receive. He created all and owns all
and truly cannot receive anything from us that he did not actually give us. And
this is just the thing – God is not preoccupied with receiving glory – He IS glory!
glory shining out in indescribable love in the giving of His dear Son at Calvary.
The hidden glory of God which no man can know apart from the redeeming
work of Christ on the Cross, is that God is a God of mercy and above all – of
GRACE. Oh how He loves us to know He has grace! That He lavishly and
wondrously and constantly pours out grace on the wicked sons of Adam’s race.
Some, even to the point of redeeming their very souls. But all receive of His
goodness. This light lights every man in the world (John 1:9). And as this
passage shows us, He did not simply don humility like a garment in His
incarnation – it flows from His divine and eternal excellence, even AFTER He is
exalted above every name that is named both in Heaven and in earth – having
received a more excellent name than all. (Philip. 2:9) It is no wonder then that
He asks us to join in His humility – for it is in His humble giving and serving, that
His glory is most clearly seen. Phil. 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not
count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking
the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in
human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.”

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