EMW Daily Devotion - 21 August 2020

And being found in human form, he humbled himself ...

Philippians 2:8

He came not in the majesty of a king, attended with his bodyguard, but he came poor; not like the heir of heaven, but like one of an inferior descent. The place he was born in was poor: not the royal city of Jerusalem, but Bethlehem, a poor obscure place. He was born in an inn, and a manger was his cradle, the cobwebs his curtains, the beasts his companions. He descended of poor parents ... That they were poor appears by their offerings, ‘a pair of turtledoves’ (Luke 2:24), which was the usual offering of the poor. Christ was so poor that when he wanted money, he was forced to work a miracle for it (Matt. 17:27). When he died he made no will. He came into the world poor.

Why did he come? That he might take our flesh, and redeem us; that he might induct us into a kingdom. He was poor, that he might make us rich. He was born of a virgin, that we might be born of God. He took our flesh, that he might give us his Spirit. He lay in the manger that we might lie in paradise. He came down from heaven, that he might bring us to heaven ...

Christ’s taking our flesh was one of the lowest steps of his humiliation. He humbled himself more in lying in the Virgin’s womb than in hanging upon the cross. It was not so much for man to die, but for God to become man was the wonder of humility. He ‘was made in the likeness of men’ (Phil. 2:7). For Christ to be made flesh was more humility than for the angels to be made worms ... He stripped himself of the robes of his glory, and covered himself with the rags of our humanity.

— Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity, pp. 136-137 (B.T.)

From Daily Devotions from the Puritans - the 1997 Bryntirion Press book by I.D.E. Thomas​

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