WSC Q&A #27

Q: Wherein did Christ's humiliation consist?
A: Christ's humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death on the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

It is hard to imagine. The maker of all things, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the very Son of God willingly gave up his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on High, emptied himself, humbled himself, and all for the sake of his people.

Jesus Christ, who through all things were made, willingly became like his creation, man, in every way. He willingly took on the burdens of flesh, temptation, of the pains and miseries of this life, and even more! He allowed the very hands he created to shame him, to abuse him, to beat him, and to murder him. His death was brutal and bloody. It was cruel. It was humiliating in every sense of the word. And yet that was not the worst of his suffering. He submitted himself to the wrath of God the Father for the sins of his people! Such a burden! A burden none of us could bear for ourselves. The very Son of God, who was without sin, was treated as if he were the worst of all sinners. He who was without fault was treated as if he were murderer, a rapist, a thief, a liar, a gossiper, a glutton, an adulator, an idolater, a pervert, a lazy husband, a negligent parent, a cynic, a thinker of evil thoughts, and the list goes on and on. All of our sins, sins that by themselves deserve the outpouring of God's wrath for all eternity, were collectively laid upon Jesus Christ, and how hot the Father's wrath must have been towards the "Sin Bearer". And Christ's humiliation did not end there. He submitted himself to even death. He allowed death to reign over him, even though, as we know from studying Mark, that death has no power over Christ at all.

And brothers and sisters, this he did for our sake. He did this so that you and I and all those who call upon the name of Jesus Christ in faith may be saved and restored to fellowship with our Holy God. We are indeed vile creatures, but think about this. To God, we are worth the very blood of Jesus Christ. God did not spare even his own Son to restore us to communion with him. And this is why some have said that "grace" means, "God's Richest At Christ's Expense". What a love, what a cost!

Posted on July 7, 2015 and filed under Teaching.