A conscious, deliberate choice

23 Feb

We are often humbled.

In that sense Jesus is different. He was not simply humbled. He humbled himself.

Jesus’ becoming man to serve was a deliberate choice. He tells us in Mark 10:45 that the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.

This is not Jesus looking back at his ministry and saying this is the way it turned out.

This is Jesus telling His disciples at the very beginning He chose to enter into this ministry specifically to humble himself for the good of others. This was in fact the reason He came.

It is funny, we look at our lives and we have so little control over what happens. What little control we think we do have, we use to make our lives easier. Jesus had absolute control over His life and He used that control to structure his life so that he could humble himself as much as possible to serve us.

We can take this a step further knowing what we know about Jesus.

Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I am.”

In other words, we know Jesus existed as the Son of God before He became man.

None of us can look at the circumstances surrounding our birth and say this is the reason I chose to come into the world. We just came into the world. Jesus however again is different. He existed before He became man which means His coming into the world was a deliberate decision. He can look not only at His ministry but also at His birth and say this is the reason I came into the world.

Jesus chose to come from heaven to earth, to take on the nature of man, for the specific purpose of humbling himself.

Not because of any need He had in Himself but because of what we desperately needed for ourselves.

He made a conscious, deliberate choice to humble himself for us.

He looked down on this world and He saw a group of people who in and of themselves did not care about Him. In spite of what people might tell you about themselves, the Bible tells us that each one of us naturally is an enemy of God. Enemies not because of something God did. God has always been good and He has always treated us fairly. We were His enemies because of the malice that existed in our own hearts towards Him.

Jesus’ humbling of Himself is remarkable in that He did not make a conscious deliberate choice to do so because He saw a sweet, innocent helpless group of people who deserved this kind of treatment but instead because he made a conscious, deliberate choice when he saw a group of people who deserved the exact opposite.

We must not think of Jesus in other words as naïve.

Jesus chose to come to earth and He chose to enter into this ministry knowing exactly and fully what was in the heart of men.

I have a feeling that one of the reasons many people continue to choose to serve others is because of illusions they have about what is in the hearts of men. In other words, very often when we serve others we think they are thinking one thing when they are not. We think about how they might appreciate what we are doing. We tell ourselves about how much our work means to them. When in all reality if we could look into their hearts we would see that they do not appreciate what we are doing nearly as much as we think. If we could see the ingratitude, the selfishness in people’s hearts before we stepped out to serve them it probably would stop many of us from stepping out at all.

But it didn’t stop Jesus.

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