To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 2:6 (NIVUK): ” … who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;”
Selwyn writes: “Jesus Christ was God, remember. Not a created angel … He was (and is) God of very God. … Jesus did not take advantage of His exalted position. And when He came among us He did not dazzle us with displays of overwhelming divine power. (Instead) He came in humility and service. Can anything be more amazing?”
There is not enough time to go on to describe the incarnation except to say there was a perfect balance between the divinity of the Christ and His humanity – as a sinless man – the perfect ‘unblemished’ sacrifice.
In Matthew 4:1-4, we read: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’”
This temptation was focused on getting Jesus to use His divine power to satisfy His hunger, rather than depending on His Father for all His needs. As a man, He placed His will under the authority of His Father – there would be no exceptions. By these actions, He provided a fantastic example for us to follow!