Why would God give up the full use of his divinity to become a human? He humbled himself and became a man, because he had a dirty job to do.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order to suffer. Think hard about those last words.
He became human so he could be crowned… with thorns… so he could be taunted and tortured, battered and bruised.
He became a man because immortal God cannot die, and he had to die. Talk about humble! Close to the earth? He was buried under it! You can’t get more humble than that!
And why did He have to die? You know the answer: to pay for our sins. The author to the Hebrews put it this way: “He suffered death… by the grace of God so that he might taste death for everyone.”
Jesus said, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.” And God wrote, “By the grace of God [Jesus] [tasted] death for everyone.” This gift is not just for some, but for all. That means that this gift is for you and me.
By Jesus humility and by his taking on the dirty job of taking every one of our dirty sins on himself… by His crown of thorns and by all that it entailed… by his being buried, not just in the dirt, but under a mountain of our guilt, and by the wrath of God the father… you, and I, and everyone’s sins have been paid for!
Let there be no doubt in your mind! Your sins are forgiven!
His suffering brings us glory! His humility in coming down to earth, lifts us up to heaven! His crown of thorns, wins for us a crown of life! We have the victor’s crown; the equivalent of the gold medal! We have heaven itself! And this is by far, the best present that we could ever receive. And it’s ours “by the grace of God.”
So now, we offer our deeply grateful and heartfelt thanks to Jesus for humbling himself lower than the angels to be crowned with thorns.
Now we crown him with glory because he suffered such a death for us…
He was humbled for a little while to be crowned with thorns. But he was crowned with glory and honor for the victory he won. He crowned us with glory and honor by the victory he won for us.
Now we treat him as our king and give him glory and honor in all we do, until we join him in his glory forever. May God help us to radiate the example of humble and gracious servants of our King and Redeemer every day of our lives. Amen
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|