Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Passionate and self-less
She was surprised and bemused at his abrupt appearance. His enthusiasm caused her to ponder but then realize, "Of course HE loves fish; it was the mainstay of his diet!"
The overpowering presence of Jesus, the Son of Man, lingered, encouraging her to revel in Him. She sensed the Spirit who was intimately familiar with and to her, and also something new--the personality of Jesus. He was passionate about life, about all aspects of it. The strength of his intensity, his passion about all living things, her included, floored but didn't surprise her. HE really is the Lover of my soul!
What was surprising though, was an alien aspect to his personality she couldn't readily understand. His human presence strongly remained for a while. HE confirmed that yes, He IS with her always, and never, ever leaves her. The strong sensing gradually faded, and her focus was brought back to "real-time".
What was alien to me about Jesus, she wondered. Then it hit her. HE was passionate and simultaneously completely self-less, self-forgetting and self-sacrificial. Unlike her, and every other human being, who is grounded in selfishness from birth, he didn't think about himself or his wants.
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."