There are so many emotions of the human heart, so many desires and experiences which influence our decisions and lifestyle. Sometimes the choices are easy, and at other times, the narrow path of holiness is difficult to take. Yet, in the midst of temptation and trial, we have a great High Priest, Jesus, who was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” [Hebrews 4:15] When I face decisions and the path of holiness looks difficult, I look to Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” [Hebrews 12:2] I remember Jesus, and I think, if God humbled Himself in such an incredible way, if God showed mercy to sinners who despised Him, how much more should I show grace to all those on earth.
Eternal God in all His glory
Humbled upon the cross.
Took the garb of His creation
The gold amongst the dross.
He woke a babe in stable dark,
But wise men travelled far,
To bless the infant King, they came
Following that star.
And grew He strong in Spirit,
The boy, Jesus His Name;
Both Son of Man, and Son of God
He grew as did His fame.
So God in all His glory,
Came thus in flesh and blood,
But mocked, despised and hurt was He,
Cast down upon the mud.
He showed only love in fullness,
Compassion for the world.
Yet though deserving of all praise,
At Him, insults were hurled.
Yet silently He waited,
Content in Father’s will.
Like sheep led to the slaughter,
The Lamb in peace, was still.
He knew His purpose well,
His identity, the Christ.
Strong in Spirit, and Most Holy,
He hung to pay the price.
In agony He cried,
For sins that were not His.
Injustice against the Righteous One,
Yet all part of His promise.
Because He suffered greatly,
Yet was without a sin,
His Father raised Him up again
His loss, turned into win.
He walked in mercy, walked in grace,
Oppressed, but not destroyed;
A perfect man, our Great High Priest
His love on earth deployed.
If this, our God on High,
On earth, in flesh should be
So humble, merciful and kind,
Then how much more should we?
If He should suffer for His Name,
Yet boldly not refrain,
From speaking out the Word of God
How much more should we proclaim?
For God so loved the world that He
Gave His only Son,
Who loved the sinners unto life,
And for judgement, wanted none.
How much more should we who know Him
Then cry out for His love?
To walk out this love to others,
In imitation of Him above.