Words from the Heart for Friday March 17th, 2017
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Philippians 2:8 (NIV)
He Humbled Himself
The Lord Jesus came as a man. Although He was the Son of God he humbled Himself to die. That death was a terrible death. He did it for us. What an example He is for us. Let us ask the Lord that we will set aside our “rights” and humble ourselves to do His will.
You’ve no doubt heard of the Hubble Space Telescope that has been gazing out across the expanse of eternity for decades. You may not know that there is a Canadian model that is lovingly known as the Humble Telescope. The first Canadian space telescope, and also the world’s smallest space telescope, was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia on June 30, 2003. The official name of the telescope is MOST or Microvariability and Oscillations of STars, but it’s affectionately known as the Humble, a takeoff on the larger Hubble space telescope. The Humble space telescope can make specialized astronomical observations beyond the capacity of any other instrument on earth or in space, including the Hubble space telescope. It is capable of measuring the ages of stars in our galaxy and can detect light reflected by planets beyond our solar system.
Canadians don’t mind having the Humble Telescope. We have a geographically immense country but a comparably small population. We live in the shadow of the world’s superpower. We get humility. In the spiritual realm Jesus is the model of humility that we are all called to look to and emulate. Philippians 2:8 says “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” While we often use Jesus’ death on the cross as the example of His humility, the humility of Jesus began long before when He stepped out of Glory and into our world. He who had only dwelt in eternity stepped into time. He who knew no pain stepped into a world that is marked by it. And He who has always been clothed in glory and majesty took on human skin and became one of us. This was the first major step of humility. He didn’t need to do this but He did! He did it because of His passionate love for us. And then came the ultimate step of humility – He chose to die. He chose to suffer the excruciating pain of crucifixion. Arms spread wide He expressed through this step of humility the extent of His love. The Creator took on the form of the created and the Author of life died. Those of us who know Him will spend eternity in awe.
These have been words from the heart.