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 2:7 (NIVUK): ” rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
It’s hard to comprehend the truth that Jesus is God and while He was here on earth, He became the perfect sinless man, which qualified Him to be the perfect sacrifice for all the world’s sins.
In today’s study, Selwyn talks about the steps God took to be the man, who would serve all humanity.
He first tells us that the first step (demotion) was to leave His home in glory and live on this sin-stained planet. He goes on to say: “Demotion No.2: but made Himself nothing, that is, ‘he poured Himself out’. (Jesus made Himself totally dependant on His Father for all His needs, in this way, He provides an example for all of us to follow.)
Demotion No. 3: taking the very nature of a servant. The One whom all heaven served became Himself a servant. … Greatness is measured in our celebrity culture by how many know and serve us. But Jesus turns that idea on its head; it’s about how many we can serve.
Demotion No. 4: being made in human likeness. … Jesus’ humanity was real – don’t ever forget that. He was not in the guise of a man; He was real man – truly human.”
In Hebrews 2:14-18, we read: “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
When you meditate upon what God has done for us; you start to grasp the depth of Jesus’ sacrificial love for lost and helpless people like you and me. It provides food for thought as we approach Easter.