Imitating Christ’s Humility
from Philippians 2 (NIV)
5 …Christ Jesus…7taking the very nature of a servant,…8humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death…..9Therefore,….10every knee should bow….11Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.…[and].12Therefore,… 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
My Prayer: Lord, in your power, I pray that I will humble myself and be obedient to will and to act in order to fulfill your purposes. Amen
Matthew takes us from the particular to the universal (Jewish disciples to disciples from all nations
The Four “Alls” of a Truly Comprehensive Vision
I like the comparison and contrast of the Three Bowls of Jesus’ Last 24 Hours on Earth
Wash basin: Jesus Washes the disciples feet (at the Last Supper). He showed us that we are to be servants of others.
Bowl of bread: broken and shared together at the Last Supper. Fellowship. Remembrance. Institution of the Last Supper instituted.
Pilate’s wash basin: After dealing with the crowd, Pilate washed his hands (in front of the crowd)…and sent Jesus to the cross. This one is deeper (and needs to be developed).
Potential book for Bible study
Lee Strobel (was an atheist who became a Christian and pastor and author) gives a message. He says that if Jesus lived in his house with him, he would notice two things about Jesus
- The door is open for questions. You can always ask Jesus questions.
- Jesus is authentic. He lives consistent with his message.
In the message, Lee gives much of his life story.
Day 9 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 40 Day Journey
Bonhoeffer says disciples..
Instead, they bear what is laid upon them and what happens to them in discipleship for the sake of Jesus Christ. Finally, disciples will not be weakened by suffering, worn down, and embittered until they are broken. Instead, they bear suffering, by the power of him who supports them. The disciples bear the suffering laid on them only by the power of him who bears all suffering on the cross. As bearers of suffering, they stand in communion with the Crucified. They stand as strangers in the power of him who was so alien to the world that it crucified him.