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. (Phil. 2:5-8 )
Who is this Jesus who came to earth in the form of a baby? Who was this man who was swaddled in cloths and placed in a feeding trough? Who was this boy, with His runny noses, scraped knees and need for love and affection? Who was the boy who was disciplined by His mom and dad when He ventured off to the Temple to “be about His Father’s business”?
We read about Jesus in the Old Testament and places in the New where He appeared to men and dropped them like a rock to the ground. We read that God sent the Angel of the Lord to destroy on many occasions.
Abraham was confronted by the Angel of the Lord when he was about the sacrifice his own son.
We read where Moses encountered Him in the burning bush. Moses was beside himself when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him. Moses dealt with the glory of God on the mountain when he was given the Ten Commandments. He came away radiating the glory of God.
Remember Balaam and his talking donkey? He was being disobedient to God and the Angel of the Lord was waiting for him with sword drawn. When Balaam saw the Angel, he bowed down on his face before Him in worship and reverence.
Gideon thought he was going to die when he encountered the Angel of the Lord in Judges 6.
David was afraid of the Angel of the Lord in 1 Chronicles 21.
When Jesus rose from the dead and the power of God coursed through His body, the guards who confronted the risen Christ, fell down as dead men.
Saul (to be renamed Paul) was confronted by Jesus Christ in His glory and power and we know full well what happened to him.
John was met by Jesus Christ in His immense glory and power, fell down as dead at His feet in Revelation 1. This was the very John who laid his head upon the chest of Christ. He was familiar with Jesus. He was friends with Jesus. But when he encountered Jesus without His humanness, he dropped like a rock. Why? Why do we read about such a contrast between the Jesus who walked the earth for 33 years and the Jesus who appeared before men in spiritual form?
Why did Jesus take on a human body in order to walk the earth? Why did Jesus leave His power and majesty behind when He was born of the virgin? I have heard it said before, The womb of Mary no more could have handled the power and majesty of Jesus anymore than the grave did. Nothing on earth can handle the glory of Jesus Christ. Jesus had to veil His power and glory in a human shell. Otherwise, anyone He came in contact with would have been destroyed.
This man, this Jesus, meek and lowly, unattractive and unassuming disguised Himself in an earth-suit in order to mingle, serve and live among humans. He humbled Himself to such a degree when He came to earth, that we cannot even begin to comprehend. Here is the all powerful, omnipotent Creator of heaven and earth, humbling Himself and taking on the form of a human being and coming to this dump of a planet. Yes, in many ways, earth is beautiful, but that’s because we have nothing to compare it to. Jesus Christ came from the perfect beauty of heaven. Earth is a junk yard in comparison. He walked this earth, got tired, hungry, angry, sad…died. God died! Imagine that? What humility. What love. What sacrifice.
When we think of Jesus Christ coming to earth as a baby, being placed in the womb of Mary, being nourished by her, birthed by her, loved by her, remember this same Jesus is the Lord God of heaven and earth, whose presence causes men to die before Him. Who smote all the firstborn in Egypt? Who went out and slaughtered 185,000 soldiers of the Assyrian army in one night?
This Captain of Captains, this Warrior of warriors, His name is Jesus.
He came to earth to serve, but never make the mistake of reducing this Man to that of a feminine, soft and lovely little fruit-cake. This same man Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
He walked through the pages of the Old Testament and did God’s bidding.
He will return in like manner and damn, slaughter and force the nations of earth to bow before Him. His robes will be drenched in the blood of His enemies and…
…He will force the world to declare Him Lord.
This is the One we serve.
This is the One we celebrate this Christmas.
This is our King, Lord and Master and there is none other.
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