This was a voluntary sacrifice. (Jesus coming to earth) Jesus might have remained at the Father’s side. He might have retained the glory of heaven, and the homage of the angels. But He chose to give back the scepter into the Father’s hands, and to step down from the throne of the universe, that He might bring light to the benighted, and life to the perishing.
What an amazing love Christ has for us! If we could only fully grasp it we would never stop sharing his love, forgiveness, and grace with others.
I remember many years ago when our family learned this hymn. Its words have stayed with me, being a real encouragement and guiding reminder at many times in life.
The words “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” need to be our daily prayer as we journey through life, aiming for “Higher Ground”.
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up, and I shall stand
By faith, on heaven’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay.
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heaven I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”
The servant who brought in the poor and the blind reported to his master, “It is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Here Christ pointed to the work of the gospel outside the pale of Judaism, in the highways and byways of the world.
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I believe in the modern Christian environment this applies even more, as we still need to reach out to those who are on the fringes of our society.