As I’ve been thinking about the current trial that my family is going through I feel as if the Holy Spirit has been ministering to me by reminding me to the great love of God that has been demonstrated toward me in Jesus Christ.
When considering my suffering I’m prompted by the Spirit to consider those of Christ and I am humbled. And then I am overwhelmed.
In Paul’s letter to the Colossians he speaks of the preeminence of Jesus Christ and here we’re given a small glimpse into the majesty, power and glory of our great King.
“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[f] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” – Colossians 1:15-20
Think on this for a moment. All things, everything that exists in all the earth, in all the universe, all of it, was created BY Jesus, THROUGH Jesus and FOR Jesus and Jesus now HOLDS them all together by his awesome power. It’s impossible for the human mind to even begin to understand the scope of Jesus’ power and might and awesome glory. There is truly nothing like him. Right now, as I type these words he holds my fingers together by his very power so that I might write to the praise of his glory.
This should be staggering to you. The breath in your lungs, the matter that makes up your brain and the desk you sit at; all of it was created BY him, THROUGH him and FOR him. Awesome indeed.
Now consider this. Christ, who being awesome in power and might and Holy without spot or blemish, existed in perfect unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit before creation, lacking nothing, full of glory and grace and truth; would enter a fallen creation in the form of man in order to redeem sinners like me.
“5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5-8
The King of all Creation, for whom everything was made, would willingly get off of his throne* (this is not to suggest that Jesus ever actually cease to be God) and enter this world as a man and suffer the consequence of sins he did not commit.
What’s more the King rode a donkey. He was born in a manger. He was homeless. He was maligned. Ridiculed. Doubted. Questioned. Rejected. Despised.
What grotesque injustice.
The King of everything that has been made. The King that made everything that there is. The King that now holds all of that there is together by his very power and he rides a donkey?
“58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” – Luke 9:58
I fox and a bird have a home but the King of all Creation has no place to lay his head. I can’t even begin to fathom the level of gross injustice in this. It’s simply beyond my intellectual grasp.
As appalling as these injustices were, we see the King WILLINGLY accept them. At any moment the King could have stopped this injustice, he could have screamed, “are you kidding me?!, I made it all, it’s all for me and yet I have no place to lay my head at night?!” And yet he didn’t.
“12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” – Hebrews 12:1-4
“11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” – John 15:11
He willingly endured this shame for the joy that was set before him and further that we might share in his joy.
Our suffering has been significant. But it isn’t even worth comparing to the suffering that Jesus endured on our behalf.
Knowing that the Lord would be so kind toward me is truly overwhelming. I am humbled and comforted by such a great love. I can’t begin to express my gratitude toward you Jesus for what you endured on my behalf. And now you share your reward, your joy with me?
Lord, who are you?
I am so unworthy of your love and yet you have freely lavished your grace upon me, receiving in yourself all my sufferring, sin and shame and now that you have victory of sin and death by your resurrection from the grave you share your reward we me?
Lord, forgive me.
My King, there is none like you. Not one. You alone are worthy of praise and honor and glory. I worship you Jesus for you alone are God and you alone save sinners. I am so overwhelmed by the love you’ve demonstrated toward me that my words simply fail me. Lord, I long to see you face to face that I might fall at your feet and worship you. You are so worthy of praise. You are so wonderful, in all your ways. Blessed be my great God and King Jesus, a wonderful savior.