Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:4-7
“So that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7)
As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, we cannot fully grasp the extent of the grace of God that has been given to us. We said one way to measure a gift is to examine what it cost the giver. We saw what God’s gift cost God the Father. Today, we will look at what it cost God the Son.
Philippians 2:5-8 tells us about the humiliation of Jesus Christ — “He emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus did not hold on to all the privileges and signs of the eternal glory that belonged to Him. He was in eternal glory with His Father, coequal and coeternal, sharing the glory of God. Yet, He willingly laid aside His glory. He did not lay aside His deity, but He did lay aside all the glory that belonged to the Godhead.
Jesus made Himself of no reputation. Though He was the eternal Son of God, He came down to earth, was born as a baby, and lived as a man, though He remained exactly what He always had been — God. He came as a man and took on the form of a servant. What must it have been like for the Son of God to live in a world of sin?
Consider Jesus’ lifestyle. He said, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:58). As far as we know, Jesus never owned a home. The very One through whom all things were made lived His life in poverty.
Jesus became poor for our sakes — “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9). Jesus became poor when He bore the crushing load of the world’s sins and suffered the wrath of a holy God. He was sinless, but for our sake He became sin — “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus actually became a curse in order to redeem us — “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). A curse carried the idea of separation, the loss of favor. On the cross, Jesus bore the wrath of God and became separated from His Father, which is why He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). He became a curse for us so that we will never have to be separated from our Heavenly Father.
Jesus paid an immense price so that we could be the recipients of God’s immeasurable grace and kindness. We can never fully understand the extent of God’s grace that has been lavished upon us. Never take His grace for granted.
Lord Jesus, You left the glory that You had with the Father throughout all eternity in order to come to this earth as a man. You came on a mission — to save Your people from their sins. You paid an enormous price to do so. Thank You for loving me enough to become a curse in order to redeem me from my sin. Thank You for being my Savior and Lord.
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