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Philippians 2:7-8 ” But He made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

When Jesus came to earth He made the greatest sacrifice of self-abnegation and self-denial possible.  He humbled Himself and renounced His Divinity.  In other words, Jesus went out of Himself in order to enter into fellowship with us.  So why are we so against doing the work to enter into relationship with Him?  We’d like Jesus to just save, change, and sanctify us without  lifting a finger in the process. Or we’d rather bargain with Him first – (“You do this for me  first God, and maybe then I’ll start working on myself.”)  The bottom line is that we also must go out of ourselves in order to enter into a right relationship with God…and waiting around until He does all the work in our lives (that we need to be doing)  will never happen.

Matthew 4:1 ” Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

With each temptation, the devil offered Jesus a shortcut…a way to compromise and thus circumvent God’s plan.  So anytime our own impatience tempts us to not wait but instead run ahead of God…we’re playing right into the same scheme.  Now none of us like to wait…we all want immediate gratification, so when offered a shortcut, we usually take it.  But within that shortcut can hide compromise, risk, and loss.   I Corinthians 15:58 encourages us to, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  In God’s perfect plan there are no shortcuts, and even though we may feel impatient when waiting on the Lord…we are to stand firm, fully committed and trusting in Him.

Colossians 1:13 ” For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves…”

To paraphrase Acts 26:18…We are to turn from spiritual darkness to the light of Jesus Christ… from the limited power of Satan to the infinite power of God, so that we may receive forgiveness of our sins and a place among fellow Believers who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.  The Lord has snatched us from danger and set us free…the chains have been broken off and we are no longer a slave to sin and the jurisdiction of darkness…for the Kingdom of God is now residing within our hearts. (Luke 17:21)

Hebrews 10:4 ” Because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…”

What does being a “good person” mean to you?  Maybe your list contains all the things you do.  You donate, you volunteer, you help your neighbor.  Or maybe your “good person” list contains all the things you don’t do.  You don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs.  You don’t swear, or watch X rated movies.  All of us have mental lists that make up what being a “good person” constitutes.  But just being a “good person” will not get us to heaven…for our eternal life is not hinged on anything we will ever do or not do.  That’s because it’s only by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice for us that we can have the hope of eternity with Him.  The very foundation of Christian faith is based on this one truth…Jesus Christ came to save the world from sin and He is the only way to God…for just being a “good person” will never rescue you from going to Hell.

Hebrews 2:8 ” In putting everything under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.”

It’s almost like the Writer of Hebrews is looking around at the wickedness in the world at that time and lamenting…”Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.”   And sadly, we could say the same thing today as we survey the evilness and rebellion in our world.  Jesus Christ has supreme power and rule and there will come a day when He takes His rightful seat of authority over this broken world.   For submission to authority is either  compulsory or voluntary…demanded or deliberate.   And on that day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. There will be no insubordination or willfulness…no pride or arrogance…for the world will see Jesus in all His glory, and there will be silence.

Job 16:19-21 ” Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man He pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.”

These verses remind me of the old Hymn, “What a Friend I have in Jesus.”  When our burdens are too heavy to bear…our friend Jesus is there, ready to take those burdens and offer support and comfort.  When pain and sorrow fills our body…our friend Jesus is there at the right hand of God interceding, and pleading  on our behalf.  Yes, if we think about it,  there really is no better friend than Jesus.

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. “

Maybe you’ve never heard the term – Shekinah Glory – but here in Hebrews it attempts to explain how Jesus was the perfect expression of the divine essence of His Father.  God’s luminous presence was manifested in Jesus, and this splendor and light could not be dampened or hidden from sight…for God’s Shekinah Glory cannot be contained.