And God never said to any of the angels, "sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet." (NLT)
This is probably one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible. I just love the imagery of the verse. I started thinking about this verse last night at church. We were discussing the gift of humility that Christ has given to us. Sometimes, we look at the tiny baby in the manger and we forget who that baby really is. The same person of the Godhead that the father uttered these words to, is the same one who took the form of a tiny baby on that Christmas morning. The same one that said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end". That same one took the form of a helpless infant. He was completely dependent on his own creation for his very human life. Think about the humility that it was must have taken for him to shroud his divine nature in the helpless flesh of an infant. It is amazing to think that he was willing to humble himself to such a degree. There is nothing that required him to do that. He did it in order to bring his creation back into a right relationship with himself. He has a longing to return all of creation to the perfect state of Eden. He has this longing not because he lacks anything. He is God and he wants for nothing. He had this longing because of his immense love for us. He did all this for our own benefit. How could we not also extend that same humility first to him, and second to all those around us? We love because he first loved us. True love, real love is a love of great humility. We should all reflect on that humility as we prepare our hearts this Advent. God bless.