August 9, 2022     2:22 pm
236. Week of Sixth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
His State of Humiliation
          He humbled Himself.   Philippians 2:8
          Jesus Christ was "in the form of God." His human nature, being personally united with His divinity, possessed all divine majesty. And still "He thought it not robbery to be equal with God." The use of this majesty communicated to His human nature the Lord Jesus did not hold fast to as one does a treasure. "But He made Himself of no reputation." He made no show of His divine majesty, He waived the constant and full use of it. He "took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and was found in the likeness of a man." You see this in the Bible stories of the evangelists. He was born a little, frail infant. He grew up, was obedient to His parents, learned, toiled, ate, drank, waked, slept, was fatigued, became sad, while at another time He was glad. He also walked from one place to another. To the will of His Father, who had fore-ordained this, He "became obedient to death, even the death of the cross." (Phil. 2:5-8) Thus He humbled Himself. This is called the State of Humiliation in which He remained from His conception to His burial. In this state He did not, according to His human nature, make use of the divine majesty which was communicated to it. Only when He performed divine works, miracles, or when He spoke words of divine majesty, did He allow His divine majesty to shine forth. Why did Jesus Christ humble Himself so? Having become our Substitute, He wanted to redeem us by His obedience to the divine Law and by His bitter suffering and death. How could He have done this if He had used His divine glory always and fully? See Him in His deep humiliation, my dear Christian, and thank Him for it with all your heart!
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus Christ, divinely glorious Saviour, I thank You that also for my sake You exceedingly humbled Yourself so as to become like me a poor lost and damned sinner in all things, sin alone excepted. Kindle faith in You in my heart and true love toward You through this blessed Gospel truth, and finally let me see Your glory in the realms of eternal glory. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     2:22 pm