Love Surrendered

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Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29; Deuteronomy 16:1–8; Philippians 2:1–11

Passover begins very shortly. In f, there is a great symmetry in this. Passover starts with Israel’s rescue from Egypt (), pasg through the Red Sea (baptism), and in more modern understandings of Passover, the last day (or the last 2, depending on ), is the “future looking” meal with the Messiah as the center (the Eucharist/).

Confused, yet? Amazed? The Jewish aspects of Christian theology and symbolism are there in plain sight.

One of the interesting pieces is that there remains an that the Messiah will come in power, glory, and might. This was the of any person claiming to be the Messiah in ’ day. Thus, when didn’t fulfill that, most Jews disregarded as Messiah.

It is this quest for earthly presence which continues to haunt all of humanity. The constant pursuit of power, glory, wealth, continually seems to be ast following God. It isn’t that power, glory, wealth, and are ast God, but that the means and hearts of people are. Much of this is the desire to be above others, so that others look up to you, and you have those you can look down upon.

’s observation that set aside total divinity and became man is one of the linchpins of Christian theology and . That did this shows two things, that God s those Created, and this is so profound that God became not just identified with humanity, but ually became human. That is not a quest for power, glory, wealth, or , at least in the normal sense.

Only God could turn becoming nothing into something beyond understanding.

※Reflection※

  • What else does this tell you about God?
  • What does this make you reflect on when comparing your ions to God’s?
  • Who has the harder comparison, a person of Christ or a person of the world?

※Prayer※

God, you have ed us to follow your example, and it’s hard. Help us, in our pride, to yield our will to yours. Amen.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.