SACRIFICIAL LOVE!

“In as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same” (Hebrews 2:14).

Once while Billy Graham was walking, unknowingly he stamped on an ant burrow. One ant was injured and was running here and there out of fear and pain. Billy Graham felt very sorry about what had happened. He took the ant in his palm and tried to console it with words of kindness. Further, he felt sad over not taking birth as an ant which would have helped him to share his sadness with it in a better way.

Just like this, Jesus Christ who is invisible and who had created everything in the world and the heaven, turned into a man of flesh and blood. The purpose was to have a relationship with man whom He had created. The heavenly divine love poured out from His mind. He not only became an ordinary man for our sake but took the form of a bondservant also. He renounced the heaven and the glory. He became obedient to the point of death and sacrificed His life for our sake.
Paul the Apostle said “However, for this reason, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever” (I Timothy 1:16, 17). “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5).

He is brighter among all lights and He is the King of the glory of the greatest. (Psalm 24:7). Though He outwardly wore an appearance of an ordinary man, perfect love and perfect light were present in Him. Yes. He was a man and at the same time, He was the Son of God too. He spoke to both you and me and thus showered His love.

When a volcano is not furious, it remains like a quiet mountain. But when it opens downward to a pool of molten rock below the surface of the earth, the pressure builds up and gases and rock shoot up through the opening and spill over or fill the air with lava fragments. When this happens it will make us exclaim how an ordinary mountain turned so furious. Just like this, Jesus looked like an ordinary slave but when He was on the Mountain of Transfiguration, His face became so bright! How glorious it was!

He was transfigured and His face shone like a sun. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. Dear children of God, since Jesus dwells in you, at the last trumpet you will also transfigure and shine similar to the glory witnessed on the Mountain of Transfiguration. You will resemble Christ.

To meditate: “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (II Peter 1:16).