Christ's Glory as a Humbled Mediator
(Quotes in italics by John Owen from The Glory of Christ)
The fact that Jesus took on the form of a man so that he could effectively mediate between man and God is one of the greatest truths we can think about. Given the infinite, essentialgreatness of the nature of God, with his infinite distance from the nature of all creatures, meansthat God has to humble himself to take notice of things infinitely below him. What glory we findin the willingness of the Son of God to humble himself in this way, forever being tied to physicalhumanity. Yet he didn’t take on humanity as something that he would forever have to bear, asif it was a burden. This nature he took on became truly his and he was truly the man JesusChrist. Our humanity was embraced by Christ.
What love this took for Christ to choose to be humbled in this way. You were chosen in himbefore the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Election is founded on divine love because it isfree and undeserved….The only thing that moved God to choose us was his undeserved love.Christ delighted to take up this work of salvation, even though it meant that he would need tolearn obedience through his suffering (Heb. 5:8), and be obedient even unto death (Phil. 2:8).He was a human man, who was dependent on his Father and the strength of the Holy Spirit andwas perfectly obedient in the face of all difficulties and oppositions. How glorious is thismediator! How glorious is Christ, the power and wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). May God grantthat we are not blind, as so many are, to the glory of Christ as our mediator.
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