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Majestic Meekness

‘Majestic Meekness’, looks like apparently contradicting terms, isn’t it? Majesty and meekness are not qualities that go hand in hand. Yet, Christmas reminds us of the perfect blending of these qualities in a manger in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago.

Christmas is all about a loving and unselfish God leaving the splendour of heaven and was born in a humble manger in Bethlehem. According to Philippians 2:5–8 in the Bible:

“Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God as a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

The above verses from the Bible remind us of at least five truths concerning Jesus Christ who was born in a manger;

1.     He was God himself and nothing less than God - “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God as a thing to be grasped”

2.     He emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant – “but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant”

3.     He was made in the likeness of humanity“being born in the likeness of men”.

4.     He humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death “And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death”

5.     He accepted the most painful and humiliating way to die – “even death on a cross”

In a state of absolute perfection and undiminished deity, he willingly came to earth. Leaving the angelic host who flooded his presence with adoration, Jesus accepted a role that would require him to be misunderstood, abused, cursed, tortured, and crucified.

Why would the Son of God willingly submit to die in such a way? Because something has gone terribly wrong in ourselves. Sin colours all our thoughts, motives, words, and actions. And the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)—our physical death through sin’s destructiveness, and our spiritual death from God’s righteous judgment of our sin. 

We can’t live a good enough life to make up for our sins, because God’s standard is far higher than the ‘good enough’ life we try to live on earth. So, God in mercy rescued us by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. He took death for you! “For our sake, God made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). He welcomed the bitter cup of shame and death on the cross. He tasted death for our sake but death was unable to conquer Him forever because He rose again on the third day.!

To receive the benefit of Christ’s death, you must respond in total faith and confidence in him to save you: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned….for by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God” (John 3:18, Ephesians 2:8).

You can accept God’s gift of salvation by putting your faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins. If you would like to enter that relationship with your Creator by trusting in Christ as your Savior, you can express your decision in a prayer like this:

 “Dear God, I know that my sin has put a barrier between you and me. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to die in my place. I trust in Jesus alone to forgive my sins, and I accept your gift of eternal life. I ask Jesus to be my personal Savior. Thank you. Amen.”

Please feel free to contact us if you wish to know more about this truth. Write to us at info@bethanybaptistchurch.in