Sunday, September 8, 2013

When the Prince Became a Pauper

Hebrews 2:9-12
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
Christ became man, not angel, to save mankind

9-12 What we actually see is Jesus, after being made temporarily inferior to the angels (and so subject to pain and death), in order that he should, in God’s grace, taste death for every man, now crowned with glory and honour. It was right and proper that in bringing many sons to glory, God (from whom and by whom everything exists) should make the leader of their salvation a perfect leader through the fact that he suffered. For the one who makes men holy and the men who are made holy share a common humanity. So that he is not ashamed to call them his brothers, for he says: ‘I will declare your name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to you’.

My Jesus shared in my humanity, becoming fully human and yet fully divine.  Is that love or what?  He shared our common  humanity that we might share in his uncommon holiness.  The Prince became the pauper so that the pauper might one day be a prince, or, as the tale went, a "ward of the king."  We are truly His children, heirs to the Kingdom.  

Galatians 4:6-7
New International Version (NIV)
6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[a] Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
1 John 3:1
New International Version (NIV)
3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

John 1:12
New International Version (NIV)
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
"Orphans of God" - Talley Trio

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