“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross!” (Phil 2:5-8)
There is a lot of talk nowadays about the “historical Jesus”, Jesus as a great spiritual leader, and, in some New Age circles, Jesus as an “ascended master”. With many different opinions about who Jesus is, how is the best way to present the true Jesus of the Bible?
If I could sum up who Jesus is in a short paragraph, I would use the example found in Philippians 2:5-11 What does this say about Jesus? He was, and is, truly God. He emptied Himself, and became one of us. He obeyed God to the point of dying a death usually reserved for criminals to save us. God gave Him the Name that is above all names. One day, Every knee will bow, and everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord.
Jesus loves us so much that He became one of us to pay the price of our sins. He suffered many of the same hardships we face today. When He entered Jerusalem that last time before His crucifixion, He knew what lay ahead. If He desired to, He could have destroyed His enemies. But, He chose to continue on to Jerusalem, to the cross,-for us. To quote St. Augustine, “He loves every one of us as if there were only one of us”. Amen.
In His love from your sister in Christ,
Associate Director of New Prayer Requests, Altar Worker &
Director of Advertising, Answers2Prayer Ministries, www.Answers2Prayer.org
Appearing Sunday, April 13, 2003