We see the love of the Father in his constant giving. The Father, at great cost to Himself, continually gives goodness away as an expression of his love. This is seen most clearly in the Father giving the Son, Jesus, to earth. The act of the Father sending the Son is not entirely on the Father, the Son humbles himself and submits to the plan of the Father. The Son denies himself in order to give you life.
Prior to the incarnation (God putting on flesh), Jesus existed eternally in heaven being praised day and night. The scene of Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 detail what heaven is like in the presence of God. There are created beings who never stop declaring the wonder and glory of God. Jesus enjoyed that praise from eternity past until 2000 years ago.
Jesus denies himself that pleasure in order to take on flesh. Evidenced in his putting off some of his glory in order to be human on earth, Jesus lives a life of denial. Jesus denies himself many of the comforts and pleasures of the world in order to become a servant. He refused the things that most cherish, physical satisfaction, popular acclaim, and prestige. While the things which most avoid, poverty, humiliation, sorrow, and death, he accepted willingly. He chooses this life for your sake, to achieve your salvation by dying on the cross for your sins and rising from the dead.
The humility of Jesus evidenced in denying himself purchases the salvation of all who would believe in him and for that, we ought to be thankful.
Beginning with thankfulness we too should see Jesus’ life as an example. Jesus’ denial of self is a clear picture that we too receive life when we deny ourselves. Jesus says in Luke 9, “whoever wants to by my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” This is the great paradox of life, we must die to ourselves in order to live in Christ. In the abandonment of ourselves, we must give ourselves away in service and devotion to our Lord. In this self-denial, we receive everlasting love, peace, hope, and joy.
Spend some time this week reading through Luke chapter 9. Do you feel it’s worth it to deny yourself in order to enjoy Jesus? What part of you needs to be denied? With gratitude and thanksgiving rejoice in the denial of the Son that purchased your life.
Pastor Michael Covey
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self.” Luke 9:25
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Decorations of Christmas
Colors of Christmas
The Holy Spirit Fills You
The Son Denies Himself To Give You Life
Thank the Father
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
"Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
"name of the Father and of the Son and of Holy Spirit
Of All Nations
"Go and Make"
Why Were We Created?
Spiritual Discipline of Celebration
Spiritual Discipline of Confession
Spiritual Discipline of Silence and Solitude
Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity
Spiritual Discipline of Fasting
Spiritual Discipline of Meditation
Freedom, part 3.
Freedom, part 2.
Fear, part 4.
Fear, part 3.
Fear, part 2.
Fear, part 1.
God is for you.
Hold on to the truth