Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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True Greatness

Hi John.

I just cannot get what you said yesterday about Jesus' greatness out of my mind. All day I have been thinking on it. You said that Jesus was great because he was without sin, and yet, remained humble.

Wow - that is SO good. Satan was not like that – he was "perfect in beauty", yet he became proud. It seems that whenever the heart is praised or is lifted up in some way, the flesh rises up to be "fed" again and becomes proud about it – yet Jesus was able to live perfectly, having power with God, and still remain humble. That is GREAT. That is powerful. That takes something from GOD!

It reminds me of that verse you showed us (Psalm 18:35): "Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great." I think I understand it a little better now. It takes being a servant of all to be great in God's kingdom – but also to keep a servant's humble attitude afterwards. That is a great work on the earth.

Thanks for sharing that thought with us.

Gary

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Hi Gary:

It meant a lot to me early in my walk with God to see how merciful Jesus remained even though he never sinned. Hebrews 5:1-2 tells us that Israel's high priest was taught by his weaknesses to have compassion on "those who are out of the way", but Jesus had compassion on sinners even though he was strong and sinless! That is greatness that this world knows nothing of.

jdc

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