Monday, August 8, 2016

Jesus Humbled Himself, So that He Could Exalt You and Me

"8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:8-11)

God the Father sent His Son, and His Son was obedient, all the way to the Cross, and from the Cross, He ascended to  Heaven, to be seated in full honor and glory at His Father's right hand:

"19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." (Mark 16: 19-20)

Did you know that He was brought low, to exalt us -- with Him?

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5: 21)

But also:

"4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Ephesians 2: 4-6)

There is a great passage in the Psalms about our wonderful God, who comes down to our level:

"Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,

"6Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

"7He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;" (Psalm 113: 5-7)

Jesus did not come down to our level just to feel what we feel, and then feel sorry for us.

He came down to our level to bring us back up to His level!

"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 17)

We reign, in life, In His Life!

Jesus humbled Himself, and today because of His willing submission to His Father, we are seated with Him today!

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17)

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