Jesus our Lord
been thinking this week about the divinity of the Lord Jesus.
There are some classic passages John 1, Colossians 1, Heb 1, 1 John 1, Rev 1 that point to his eternity, his authority, his supremacy, His grace and his glory.
one of my favourites is Phil 2
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Equal with the Father, yet, voluntarily submitted himself to obey the Father's will for our benefit. Motivated by love for His father and for us.
This Jesus is our God and King, we can trust in his faithful care.
The challenge is for his love and attitude to inspire and transform ours so it affects the way we then treat each other. In a day when we expect to demand our rights can we humble ourselves and put the needs of others first?