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The Central Message of Christianity

Romans 8:30a

The central message of #Christianity lies in the #humility of #Jesus.

Philippians 2:6 “…who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.”

Christianity carries an incredible message, one that goes unmatched by any other religion in the world. In India, people pray to a god so that he won’t be angry with them, which consequently is true of every other religion in some form or another. But not in Christianity. Jesus Christ instead demonstrated the greatest form of humility in that He looked down on wretched humanity who hated Him and were His enemies and willingly yielded all privileges as God so that He could save them. Paul begins his discussion of the great incarnation of our Lord by first establishing that He is, in fact, our Lord. When Paul says, “he was in the form of God,” he used the Greek word “morphe,” which means “form.” However, unlike the Greek word “schema,” which also means “form,” one’s “morphe” is unchanging. For example, my “morphe” is that I am female. I have been female since I was born and I will die that way. My “schema,” however, changes; I was an infant, then a little girl, and then an adult. Paul purposefully uses “morphe” because Jesus was, is, and always will be God—the “form” of God. But even so, our Lord Jesus didn’t hold onto His position and the rights that go with it. Instead, He sacrificed them for us. Our hope and our future lay in the unselfish, perfect humility of the incarnation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and therein also lays our example of living with one another now—in humility.

Study/Meditation: Read John 1:1-5, 14. How did this apostle describe Jesus?

*Father, thank You for Your Son, who willingly came to this earth in lowly humanity so that I might live. Thank You, Jesus, for Your sacrifice. Amen.

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