From A Trough To The Cross

trough to cross1We can’t separate Christmas, Christ’s uneventful birth, from Easter, His common-place crucifixion on the cross. The two events are inexorably linked–by donkeys.

Yes, Jesus is King of Kings. He’s Lord of Hosts, Savior, Emmanuel, Lion of Judah. But the name I cling to, the image I cherish of Jesus, is “Humble Servant”.

Philippians 2:5-11 says of Jesus abandoning His divinity to become like a man, among other things,

  • He made Himself nothing
  • He took on the very nature of a servant
  • He humbled Himself

There was nothing regal or majestic about His arrival on earth, or His departure. The way he appeared was uneventful. Remarkably ordinary. Mary, riding into Bethlehem on a donkey, delivered Jesus and laid Him in a feeding trough in a dusty barn. Attended only by curious animals.

When  Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time to deliver us from our sins, and to face death on the cross, he rode into the city on a donkey, a lowly beast of burden.

triumphant and victorious is he;
humble and riding on a donkey, Zecheriah 9:9

He entered the world shedding His divinity, humbly seeking to save us and to serve us. Not with royalty and majesty, but with compassion and humility.

We would do well this Christmas to abandon the materialistic and worship the humble majestic Christ.

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3 thoughts on “From A Trough To The Cross

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    • Thank you so much for your encouraging comments. I am humbled and grateful that God uses what He gives me to write to help you grow in your relationship with God. You are the reason I blog. My mission with all my blogs is to write blog posts that glorify God and encourage the saints. You encourage and affirm that God has me right where He wants me to be with this blogging ministry. May God richly bless you and Merry Christmas.

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