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Humble for Hypocrites

07 November 2011 by David Regier

Q. 46. What was the estate of Christ's humiliation?
A. The estate of Christ's humiliation was that low condition, wherein he for our sakes, emptying himself of his glory, took upon him the form of a servant, in his conception and birth, life, death, and after his death, until his resurrection.

Q. 47. How did Christ humble himself in his conception and birth?
A. Christ humbled himself in his conception and birth, in that, being from all eternity the Son of God, in the bosom of the Father, he was pleased in the fullness of time to become the son of man, made of a woman of low estate, and to be born of her; with divers circumstances of more than ordinary abasement.

Q. 48. How did Christ humble himself in his life?
A. Christ humbled himself in his life, by subjecting himself to the law, which he perfectly fulfilled; and by conflicting with the indignities of the world, temptations of Satan, and infirmities in his flesh, whether common to the nature of man, or particularly accompanying that his low condition.

There's a guy who, in the effort to convince the world that its carbon use will destroy the planet, flies all over it in a private jet. There's a man who, having crusaded his entire life against income inequality, lives in the richest circumstances the world has ever known. There's a woman who, in the service of telling the nation about the immorality of its food choices, sets herself before feasts that would make Louis XIV blush.

There are people who campaign to restore ethics to Congress as they fund their campaigns with lobbyist cash. There are young people who rail against the idea of private property, but hey, gimme back my iPhone! There are preachers who rail against immorality, even in the midst of their affairs. There are teachers who bust kids for cheating even as they fudge the test scores. There are drunk mothers against drunk driving, and cops who text while pulling you over for texting while driving.

There are fat gym teachers, smoking doctors, friends who give the best advice but live ruinous lives. There are mothers who punish their kids for whining, then whine at the world online. There's a certain dad who berates his son for being distracted from his schoolwork as he goes back to the computer in his office - look what that funny cat said!

We all have a law. Jesus did too.

And then He subjected Himself to it.

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