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From Rags To Riches

“But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7,8).

Our text comprises the heart of that glorious passage expounding Christ’s gracious choice to leave heaven to become a man and die a sacrificial death on our behalf. While on earth, “the Son of man hath not where to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). The passage continues this “riches to rags to riches” story as does verse two of our study hymn, “A Child of the King,” “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9–11).

My Father’s own Son, the Savior of men, Once wandered the earth as the poorest of them; But now He is pleading our pardon on high, That we may be His when He comes by and by.

What is He doing since His return to God’s presence? The Bible says He is our defense attorney, pleading our case on just grounds before God the Father. Because “it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, (He can now) be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). Thus, “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father” (I John 2:1). “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Truly, a glorious future awaits the children of the King. JDM

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