Friday, May 19, 2006

Just Like Him

Hey, all, it has been a few days since my last post. I don't have too much to talk about this morning. I was scheduled for an appointment this morning that had to be rescheduled for this afternoon. So, me and the Mrs. decided to hit the local library. Kind of boring.

I have been thinking today about the Lord Jesus. You know, not only did he come to this earth to die for the sins of mankind, but while he was walking this planet for 3 1/2 years, he was also giving us an example of true ministry. Jesus displayed a selfless, giving love for us. The Bible tells us in Philippians 2 that Jesus didn't look out for his own interests, but for ours, for the worlds. Let's read:

"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, {and} being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." -Philippians 2:5-8

In other words, the Apostle Paul is telling us that Christ is our example. I mentioned in Monday's blog that Christ came from the Glories of Heaven to a poor existence on this earth. Let me speak on that. Paul told us in 1 Timothy 3:16 that "God was manifest (revealed) in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." You see, the Lord Jesus wasn't just some good teacher and prophet, and he never claimed to be simply some good teacher. He claimed that he was God, and proved it by the miracles he performed. Jesus was divine, he was and is God. I say that to kind of combat what the popular book, and now today just released as a film, The Davinci Code, says, but I digress. Jesus left the Glorious Heavens and was born into a smelly, filthy stable. He was surrounded by dirty animals. He was raised in poverty. He learned a trade from his earthly guardian, Joseph, namely, carpentry. Think about this, folks. All the glory, all the splendor, the angels constantly praising him, and he left it to come to this little planet! He endured a hard life, worked with his own two hands, and hung on a cruel cross for us. The Bible tells us that he endured that torturous death for the joy of bringing us to a right relationship with him.

And so he is our example. The next time you pick up your Bible, and you read the Gospels, and the rest of the New Testament, study the example of Christ. Ask him to help you be more like him. That's all, folks. God bless!

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