If our hearts are not rocks
(Thomas Watson, "Body
"And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross." Philippians 2:8
See here the astonishing
humility of Christ. That Christ
should clothe Himself with our flesh—a piece of that earth
which we tread upon—oh infinite humility! 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!
consisted in His being born, and
that in a poor condition; and His undergoing . . .
the miseries of this life,
the cursed death of the cross,
and the wrath of God.
The prime cause of Christ's
humiliation was free grace!
Love was the intrinsic motive. Christ came to us, out
of pity and love. Not our deserts—but our misery,
caused Christ to humble Himself. This was a plot of
free grace—a design of pure love! Christ incarnate,
is nothing but 'love' covered with flesh! As Christ's
assuming our human nature was a master-piece of
wisdom, so it also was a monument of free grace!
Behold the infinite love of Christ! Had not He been
made flesh—we would have been made a curse! Had
He not been incarnate, we would
have been incarcerate,
and had been forever in the prison of hell.
Consider where Jesus came from. He came from
heaven, and from the richest place in heaven—His
Father's bosom, that hive of sweetness.
Consider for whom Jesus came. Was it to His friends?
He came for sinful man—who had defaced His image,
and abused His love, and rebelled against Him! Yet He came
to man, resolving to conquer our obstinacy with His
If He would come to any, why not to the fallen angels?
The angels are of a more noble origin, are more intelligent
creatures, and more able for service! But behold the love of
Christ—He did not come to the fallen angels—but to sinful
Among the several wonders of the magnet is that it will not
draw gold or pearl—but despising these, it draws the iron
itself—one of the most inferior metals. Just so, Christ leaves
angels, those noble spirits, the gold and the pearl—and
comes to poor sinful man, and draws him into His embraces!
Consider in what manner Jesus came. He came not in
the majesty of a king, attended with His royal retinue
—but He came poor.
Consider the place Jesus was born in—
a feeding trough was His cradle,
the cobwebs were His curtains,
the beasts were His companions!
Christ was so poor, that when He needed money,
He had to work a miracle to obtain it. When He
died, He made no will.
Consider why Jesus came. That He
our sins upon Him—and so appease God's wrath
for us, and bring us into His
He was poor—that we might become rich!
He was born of a virgin—that we might be born of God!
He took our flesh—that we might have His Spirit!
He lay in the feeding trough—that we might lie in paradise!
He came down from heaven—that we might go up to heaven!
And what was all this, but love? If our
hearts are not
rocks, this love of Christ should affect us. "May you
experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you
will never fully understand it!" Ephesians 3:19