Saturday, January 28, 2012

God came down


Philippians 2: 5-8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 
Mosiah 13:34

34 Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?

I liked this thought about God, and the humility He possesses. 

Jesus manifested His greatness by taking steps down. While the rest of the world is intent on climbing up...up the corporate ladder, rising up to a better neighborhood...up to higher education...rising up to a higher office—Jesus stepped down, for us.

He was God, equal with God, and He deliberately emptied Himself and came to earth in the form of a humble servant.  Jesus stepped down from glory and equality with almighty God, to the cruel Roman cross, where He hung for our sins before an angry, jeering mob, despised and rejected by mankind.

That’s a big step down, from the highest height, to the lowest, most humiliating death known to the world at that time, death upon the cross.  His descent below all things informed Him how to minister to anyone, with any challenge seeing as he descended "below them all".  But having had the humility to go down, he then ascended. 

In a sense we too came down.  We left our home above and now live in a telestial world three degrees below God. 

As we see around us the perspective of rising to any worldly height we can, may we also have the humility to see in Christ's teachings something beautiful.  A call to see our lives in the context of eternity and the Gospel of Christ.  If we feel that tug of the Holy Spirit, calling you to let it go, to humble yourself, let go of the ego or the need to be in charge, and step down to serve others, remember what Jesus did for us.  Through obedience, we come to know great joy.  Christ promises a "fullness of joy".  I'm of the impression that humility is the way to joy.  Jesus said 1And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:12).  Humility is freeing. 

“There is, therefore, something in humility which, strangely enough, exalts the heart.”—St. Augustine

2 comments:

  1. This is a slightly different view of your topic, but I thought I"d share.

    In Hebrew thought,one's progress and reward is directly commensurate with one's willingness to descend.

    A good example of this is found in the singing of the songs of ascent. These psalms were sung by the Jews when they would "ascend" to visit the Holy Temple three times annually for the festivals. (Visitors always go "up" to Temple Mount in Jerusalem, no matter what geographical location they are coming from.)

    The Kidron valley separates Temple Mount in Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. The pilgrims would begin singing their "ascending psalms" exactly when they began their downward trek from the top of the Mount of Olives across the Kidron to finally truly climb up to the Temple.They saw the downward trek as part of their ascent.

    It is a very different perspective from the one of continual upward progression that most Americans have--and nothing like the Franklin Covey plan that maps out your life in increasingly successful hourly increments. (I'm not criticizing that mindset-just saying that it doesn't fit the Biblical model of ascending.)

    Jesus is the perfect type--"He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things..."

    His sacrificial descent was the qualifier for his rule and reign in the highest Heavens.

    I hope this makes sense. It is late and I don't think I'm expressing myself very well. Anyway,thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    p.s.I also made a comment on your post re: ministering angels.

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    1. Donna, that rings true. Viewing the descent as part of the ascent. I like it.

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