Monday, June 9, 2014

"The Servant"

     Glorious in His majesty, infinite in His being, fearsome in His pristine holiness, and possessed of power beyond imagining, the living and true God nevertheless possesses within His holy heart the humility of a servant.

   The Lord Jesus Christ revealed this wondrous truth when He entered the world "not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28).  The Lord Jesus also declared that His life, character, and way reflected and revealed His Father: "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father… the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works" (John 14:9-10).  Thus, the Servant Savior unveiled the holy and humble heart of God in a manner heretofore unknown.

   Few truths will more lead us to our knees, and cause us to press our faces upon the ground in amazed and adoring worship.  Certainly the fear of God begins our knowledge and wisdom concerning who and what He is.  Moreover, we seek to never forget that "the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible" to those who refuse to know His love, grace, mercy, and kindness (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Deuteronomy 10:17).  However, we also recognize that our Lord would have us know His deepest disposition of the Master guided by the meekness of humility.  "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him" (Psalm 34:8).

   The cross of Calvary most reveals the Divine meekness we consider.  The story may be so familiar to us that we forget the enormity of its message about the God it proclaims.  Our Father determined the rescue of those who willfully reject Him by the sacrifice of His eternally beloved Son.  "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life" (Romans 5:8-10).  We do well to frequently still our hearts in the light of such inexplicable wonder.  And I do well to close this consideration so that we may kneel in grateful contemplation of the holy and humble Heart of our God…

"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. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:6-11).

Weekly Memory Verse

  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

(Romans 5:1-2)

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