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In the beginning, when God created the world, He willed that man have dominion over all of His creation. Here we need to understand that right from the very beginning of his existence, God always desired and ensured to share His richness and kingship with man. But sin snatched away this dominion and man lost the right to be co-heir of God.
The Lord of creation who became God incarnate, gave His own life, as a ransom to set man free for eternity from what could have been perpetual and indescribably painful bondage. But to be this God incarnate, the ruler of all; lowered Himself as a peasant, and the giver of all; humbled Himself to receive human care. To whom belonged all glory, He chose to dwell in poverty among a nation who by the rulers of the known world (Romans) were made paupers of freedom and peace. By this Lord teaches us the fullness there is in emptiness. The greatness there is in meekness. The sovereignty there is in servitude.
Renouncing one’s most ardent desire for gratification or fulfilment, faithful willingness to embrace burdens for righteousness sake, and courageously detaching one’s self from this world to be inhabitants of an eternally joyful and holy kingdom, is the ‘call’ to those who seek Truth. Truth whose name is Jesus. Those who follow this King (Jesus) are destined to be rejected, trampled, disowned and persecuted, most often by their own peoples. But just as their King, by His own accord, power and will, rose from the dead into everlasting life, so will each one of those who follow Him and live by His Word.
Many kings, rulers, dictators and commanders, as well as, beggars, indigents, servants and marginalized, all have left (died) with nothing from this world to be carried in to the other world. But those who lose themselves for the sake of Christ Jesus, Christ Himself assures them of the bounty of eternity. Therefore my friends, may we live by the love of Christ, denying our sinful self and embracing the holiness of our Christ, that one day we dwell with Him, His Father, Spirit and all heavenly beings, face-to-face, for all eternity. Amen.