Monday, March 29, 2010

Man of Contrasts

Devotional below from "Our Daily Bread".

"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!" Matthew 21:9
On that first Palm Sunday, one might have expected Jesus the King to enter Jerusalem on a mighty steed. But He chose instead a lowly donkey. Before He could come as a King to reign, He had to come as a savior to die. Throughout His life on earth, Jesus was a man of striking contrasts- reflecting both His genuine humanity and His full deity.
Someone once wrote this about Jesus: "He who is the Bread of Life began His ministry hungaring. He who was the Water of Life ended His ministry thirsting. Christ hungered as a man, yet fed the hungary as God. He was weary, yet He is our rest. He paid tribute, yet He is the King. He was called a devil, but He cast out demons. He prayed, yet He hears our prayer. He wept, and He dries our tears. He was sold for 30 pieces of silver, yet He redeems sinners. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepard. He gave His life, and by dying He destroyed death. "
We would expect to find such a contrast in the life of One who was fully God and fully man. Jesus, who is the soveriegn Lord of the universe, became a man to provide for our redemption. But one day He will return as King of kings. Jesus, the God-man, deserves all our praise.- RWD
All glory to Jesus, begotten of God,
The great I AM is He;
Creator, sustainer- but wonder of all,
The Lamb of Calvary.- Peterson

The lowly carpenter of Nazareth was the mighty architect of the universe.

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