November 1, 2013

Meekness and Majesty

The greatest example of meekness is not a stallion under control, but Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus Christ, the most powerful One, could have called a million angels to completely destroy the Roman army that was crucifying Him, but He displayed strength under control. He knew the only way we could receive salvation and forgiveness was to die in our place. The book of Hebrews tells us, “For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross…” He endured the cross out of his great love for us and His perfect love for the Father. Christ’s meekness is best displayed in the following verses:

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11 (MSG.)