Emptied

Posted: October 17, 2019 in Meditations
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“But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:61-62‬ ‭NIV‬‬
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:5-7‬ ‭NASB‬‬
I can’t escape the idea of Christ emptying himself, laying aside his glory. He gave up everything to take on flesh for us. No privilege, no reputation, a bastard child from the obscure backwater village called Nazareth, this is the Christ’s ordained lot on earth. Who would predict, who could even imagine this scenario to be the pivotal moment in the history of mankind? God’s ways are not man’s ways.
We too must empty ourselves, but it is not glory but rather our flesh that must be set aside. Christ must become all in all. A powerful song says, “In the pressing, in the crushing, we become new wine.” We are continually being transformed into the image of Christ. Effects of sin get exposed. Patterns of wrong thinking that lead to sin get broken—one day, one hour, one moment at a time. Our brokenness leads to resurrection. The fruit of gentleness, goodness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and the love of God demonstrate themselves in our relationships. These attributes grow deeper and stronger as we prove faithful, emptied, Christ all in all.

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