Picture this: Queen Elizabeth has invited you to tea. She picks up the tea pot and serves you. I’m sure you would never expect this from the queen. She has numerous staff that always serve her every need. To think she would personally serve you is unthinkable! Consider how this would impact you!
Jesus is described as the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelations 19:16). The Bible declares him the ultimate ruler in all things. Think for a moment how Jesus, who has dwelt in perfect union with God for all of eternity, leaves heaven, takes a body and steps onto this planet, a place where his heart must have been broken everyday by the people’s resistance to God’s plan and purpose for his creation.
He had no palace, no servants, none of the trappings of royalty. He rode on a lowly donkey to make his entry into the very city where he should be honoured as king (John 12:13-15). The fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy paints a picture of a humble king. Some did recognize him as king, but many did not. Yet this is not the ultimate act of humility and love. Jesus allowed himself to be crowned with thorns, beaten, and nailed to a cross on his path to righteousness and victory.
The Christmas season is truly a time to celebrate the incarnation: God became flesh and dwelt among us. His humility and love, revealed in an unmistakable manner, send a message of God’s grace and compassion. Pause for a moment and consider how this humble act of Jesus has impacted your life!
Jesus, thank you for your acts of humility that have provided an unmistakable picture of your love, grace and compassion for me. Amen.
Throughout this Day: Pause from your preparations of your celebrations and reflect on the humility of Christ becoming man.
O Holy Night by Tori Kelly
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