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Jesus is Raised up by Lowering Himself

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11, NRSV)

Jesus is God and could have called an army of angels to His defense at any point during His time here on earth with us. But He didn’t because He knew He had to show us how to live. He did not see His place to exploit His power but to align Himself with the powerless. So He emptied Himself and became like one of us and humbled Himself to death, death on the cursed tree.

Jesus gave up everything to know what our lives were like and He lowered himself to the place of criminal to understand us.

And by doing this He was raised up for all to see. And through this, He created a way for us to be connected to the creator.

So humble yourself and share the love that God has given you.

 

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Mercy, Justice, and Peace

[ For lo, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. Then the mountains will melt under him and the valleys will burst open, like wax near the fire, like waters poured down a steep place. All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?] But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace. If the Assyrians come into our land and tread upon our soil, we will raise against them seven shepherds and eight installed as rulers. “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah [1:3-5] 5:2-5a; 6:6-8, NRSV)

What do we need to do for God?

What do we need to do to follow God?

The good Lutheran answer is nothing. There is nothing I can do to earn God’s grace, but then the question wasn’t about God’s grace, it was about what we need to do for God and to follow God.

You see there is something those of us who are followers of Christ must do, and that is go where He leads us. Follow Christ everywhere. We need to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

How do we do justice?

When we see something that is wrong, we say something or do something about it. Whether it affects us or not we need to work for justice in the world.

How do we love kindness?

We love everyone as we wish to be loved and seek to share the kindness that we have been given.

And how do we walk humbly with God?

Do what God has asked us to do, which is do justice and love kindness without asking for anything in return. To not let the world know who did it, but just follow God and know that He has blessed us beyond all award we could ever earn here.

Follow God everywhere and share the blessing with which you have been blessed, because that is what God needs us to do…

 

 

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God’s Plea for Justice

Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.” “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:1-8, NRSV)

What does God want from His people?

Burnt offerings?

Right words?

God wants us to do justice, love kindness and to follow where He leads.

Make sure everyone has justice, love all and walk with God, pretty simple, yet the hardest things you will ever do.

 

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what do I wear?

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:12-15, NRSV)

You’ve heard it said, “Dress for Sucess.” Or dress for the job you want, not the job you have…

But here the epistle writer to the Colossians says to clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Be compassionate to everyone.

Be kind to all people.

Be humble all the time.

Be meek in all of your dealings, and don’t be haughty.

In everything have patience.

Can you imagine if we all dressed this way?

 

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humble yourself

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.  Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.  And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:6-11, NRSV)

Being humble is not something that comes easy for most of us.

And I don’t mean not being proud or arrogant about what we have done. Most of us are humble in this way. I mean in the second definition according to Merriam-Webster online.  This definition is: reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission. We find it hard to offer ourselves to God.

But if we are to live our life to the fullest, that is to give it up and allow God to have control.

To have life we must lose it.

To be free we must submit to God.

And after we accept God’s control, we will see the life He has for us and it will be so much better than anything we could have imagined.

So give it up and humble yourself before God.

 

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prepare the way

161205Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD’S hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep. (Isaiah 40:1-11, NRSV)

Where is the wilderness?

When I hear wilderness, I think of trees and lots of them. Darkness, overgrowth, and lots of undergrowth too. But is that the wilderness?

In Isaiah, the wilderness is the desert. The barren land no one would be in.

And does this passage mean low spots will be raised and mountains will be flattened? I would love to see that, it would be really interesting to see that happen.

I think what Isaiah is saying, while we may actually see valleys rise and mountains made low, is that we are supposed to help everyone see that when Jesus gets here when His kingdom comes to the fullness of its being, we will all be on the same level. All hierarchy will be done away with and we will all be equal in the eyes of God. When this happens, the kingdom will be fulfilled.

So do what you can to lift the lowly and humble the proud, doing it all in love, as we are all equal in the eyes of God.

 

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Trust in the Lord

161007Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
(Psalm 37:1-9, NRSV)

Do not seek vindication for anything, but treat everyone with respect.

Or as Tim McGraw says, “Always stay humble and kind.”

It takes nothing for us to treat every person as we want to be treated. Treated with respect.

Hold the door.

Say Please.

Say Thank you.

If it isn’t yours do not take it.

Do not cheat in any way or on anything.

Do not lie.

If you are respectful of yourself and of others and believe the promises God has given us, He will bless you, now and forever more.

 

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