domingo, 5 de maio de 2013
INFINITE HUMILITY OF JESUS.
The second chapter of Luke's Gospel account of the birth of Jesus, saying: What happened in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his wife, who was pregnant.
It happened, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she had given birth. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him bare ma manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Today, there is a great concern for pregnant women related to the welfare of the mother and child. There is also a great anticipation and preparation surrounding the birth of the child, such as prenatal care, layette, room decor and other implements that involve the birth of the child dreamed.
What mother would settle on giving birth in a stable, wrapping the child in swaddling clothes and then put it in a trough? A place without using any, and did not offer minimal comfort, but also there was the minimum conditions for a woman in labor practices.
Who would be able to go through this embarrassment, without murmuring or regret? Was thus born one who came to redeem man from sin. King of kings, Lord of lords, it took him some luxury, not essential to the birth of a child, before opted for simplicity, and above all the infinite humility, so that we imitate in perfection.
Grew up in the town of Nazareth (Matthew 2:23 and John 1:45, 46) in a discreet way, living from the sweat of your face, working as a carpenter (Mark 6:3) until they complete the age of undertaking his ministry (Luke 3:23).
THE HUMILITY, JESUS REFUSED TRAMENTO SPECIAL
Asked a certain prince, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? There is none good but one, that is God.
Often when someone praises us, recognizing some act of kindness or some skill that is in us, that in full because it fills us with joy and personal satisfaction. ego overflows, and forget that we are tiny creatures, and all honor and glory belongs to God.
Note the example of humility, when Jesus Christ has been exalted by a man, which he called "good teacher," He did not accept this treatment, even with all power in heaven and on earth, but bowed to the Father who is in the sky, as the only worthy, worthy of all honor and glory.
And it came to pass, as they went by the way, told one: Lord, I will follow you wherever you go. And he said unto him, The foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head (Luke 9. 57 and 58). Jesus never cared about the welfare here on earth, he lived simply, did not have a place to rest, for his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).
And in Matthew 20:27, 28, Jesus said: Whoever among you wants to be first, you must be your servant, and the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.
He gives the example of kindness, simplicity and humility, being a man of sorrows, pure, intact, Holy, the fairest among men, in his infinite humility tells us who came not to be served but to serve.
SON NOT BE EQUAL TO THE FATHER usurped
And the letter to the Hebrews 5.6-9, describes: As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek, which in the days of his flesh, offering, with strong crying and tears, prayers and supplications to that could save him from death, and was heard in that he feared. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. And he being consummated, became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
And the word of the Lord to the Philippians 2:5-8, recommends that we should have the same feeling which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men: And being found in human form, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
The letter to the Colossians 3:12, 13, urges: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
In I Peter 2:18-25, God's word warns also that we be humble like the lowly Jesus exemplified in all manner of living, and warns: Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear the Lord, not only the good and human, but also the bad, because it is nice thing that someone, because of conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
For what glory is it if you sin, you are slapped and you suffer? But doing good, and you suffer ye are afflicted, it is pleasing to God. Because for ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps, who committed no sin, nor in his mouth was guile found, which, when reviled, reviled not again, and when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him who judges justly.
Taking Himself in His body our sins on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray, but now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
TOOK ABOUT IS OUR PAIN
And the books of Isaiah 53.2-7, describes the suffering of Jesus, saying, For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground; had no form nor comeliness, and when we see him, we saw no beauty, for that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with the work, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows bore, and yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned the way, but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth, like a lamb, was led to the slaughter, and as a sheep dumb before its shearers.
CHRIST FORGIVE THEIR PERFORMERS
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals, one on the right, and another left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:33, 34). Jesus Christ, a man of sorrows, living sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, was humiliated in many different ways and terrible. With all the power to transform the universe into tiny particles, or anything at the time of his greatest affliction did not ask the Father vengeance, for his executioners, but asked them to forgive, leaving himself, the greatest example of kindness and humility, that is sublime forgiveness.