Saturday, December 21, 2013

Once in Royal David's City

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He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all. 
(from verse two of Once in Royal David's City)

I don't reflect enough on what it really meant for Jesus to humble Himself and leave His home, but when I do I am drawn to Philippians 2:5-11.

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!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Christmas story is more than a baby born in a manger -- it is God sharing in our humanity and sacrificing Himself for His people.
For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become and merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people (Hebrews 2:17).
It reminds me of another hymn:
Man of Sorrows! What a name for the Son of God who came 
ruined sinners to reclaim: Hallelujah! What a Savior!

What a Savior, indeed.

Just like in my October hymn series, I came across a video from my dear alma mater, even filmed on campus. Lovely.
if you're reading in email, click over to the blog to see the video - just click on the post title

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