“Our Lord Jesus Christ exchanged the throne of glory for a manger borrowed from the animals; when he was presented in the temple, his parents could afford only the offering made by the poor (Luke 2 v 22-24; see Leviticus 12 v 6-8). He had no place to lay his head; his only possession of any worth when he died was a seamless robe someone had lovingly made for him, he was buried in a borrowed grave. Yes, he became poor to make us rich. No wonder then that Paul wrote:
‘Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God…made himself mothing, taking the form of a servant…and…humble himself.’ (Philippians 2 v 3-8)
There is no room for arrogance when every gift we have is from Jesus. Paul teaches us that humility replaces arrogance when we see that Love came down at Christmas.”
” The Holy Spirit accompanied Jesus throughout the whole course of his life, from the moment of his conception until his resurrection (Luke 1 v35; Romans 1 v 4). Throughout his life he had the Holy Spirit ‘without measure’ (John 3 v 34). In the face of all the pride and failure of his little disciple band, he never said, You’re not recognizing my gifting.
‘Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.’ John 13:3-5 NLT
Jesus had all prophetic powers; he understood all mysteries and all knowledge. He had mountain moving faith. But because he loved us, he kept coming down. See him in the upper room, kneeling at the feet of his sinful disciples. Since Judas didn’t leave the room until later on (v 30), we know that Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his betrayer.
We see this humble in its perfect form at the first Christmas. The incarnation means that “though he was in the form of God….[Christ] made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-8). That is what love looks like. That is what love is. And that love came down at Christmas.” pp. 22-23
Through advent, there will be excerpts from Sinclair Ferguson’s book, LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS. Take time to ponder and reflect the wonder of His love.
“The Christian faith has a grammar all of its own. If we mess up the grammar of a language, we will not be able to speak it properly. In the grammar of the Christian faith, what we are called to be and do, is rooted in who God is and what He has done for us in Christ. (Emphasis mine) So the resources we need to love others are found in the love of Jesus Christ for us. That is why, when we read Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13, we need to keep our ears open for echo’s of Jesus’ life and look for his shadow following on every line.”