Saturday, July 11, 2009

daily text 07/11

Saturday, July 11th, 2009
"Jesus . . . felt love for him." (Mark 10:21)

Among the fine qualities of Jehovah that Jesus reflected were humility and love. Having accepted the assignment to come to the earth, Jesus “emptied himself and took a slave’s form and came to be in the likeness of men.” (Philippians. 2:7) That was an act of humility. Furthermore, Jesus did not look down on people. He did not have the attitude, ‘I came all the way from the heavens, so you should listen to me.’ Unlike self-proclaimed false messiahs, Jesus did not go about trumpeting his role as the true Messiah. Jesus Christ also expressed love—a dominant quality of his heavenly Father. (1 John 4:8) Jesus taught his audiences out of love. For instance, consider his feelings for a certain young ruler. Jesus “felt love for him” and wanted to help him, but the young ruler did not give up his many possessions in order to become a follower of Christ.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 3:17-19)

*at first glance it seems crazy that anyone would ridicule or persecute Jesus, or try to round up "false witnesses" (Matthew 26:59) to testify against him, when all of his good qualities of love, humility, and concern for others, were as clear as day to everyone. -Until you remember that his 'rivals' were greedy, pompous, ambitious men, who had no intention of 'serving' or 'ministering' to the people the way Jesus did...instead, they wanted the people to serve and minister to them and their wicked agenda. They wanted the admiration of others and to have their teachings and ideas placed on a pedastool. So Jesus' mere presence threatened them and their lifestyle, because it exposed their true motives, showing them up to be the 'wolves in sheeps clothing' that they really were. Thats the same reason why true Christians who try to imitate Jesus' example of love and humilty are persecuted and ridiculed "without cause" today, just like him and his disciples were.