After a long time of not seeing her, my friend invited me for an event in her house. I however, had a function to perform at a wedding that same day. I was still determined to go, at least to honour her invitation and then to see her because I’ve missed her a lot.
After the wedding ceremony was over, I spoke with her on phone. She told me the event at her house had already ended, and that I shouldn’t bother coming since I may be very tired from the wedding.
I still wanted to go, so I set out with my long, flowing gown and high-heeled shoes. I was going to walk quite some distance if I were to get to her house, but I had already made up my mind on what to do.
As soon as I walked past passed the gate to her quarters, I unbuckled my shoes, put them in my souvenir bag and continued.
I had never walked barefooted outside my house surrounding — no, not with the knowledge that there are microorganisms everywhere or the uncomfortable feeling of walking on dirt.
I continued my shoeless trek on the tarred road which was now very hot due to radiation, from the sun. As I drew nearer to the house, my heart beat faster. I was eager to see her; I smiled helplessly and rehearsed a song to sing to her.
As all these happened, it made me remember Abba and all the pain it took Him to come to us. Becoming man and experiencing the humiliation He went through wasn’t fun, but He came nevertheless. He saw it all, but He chose the cross.
Love came down; He came willingly, joyfully.
Taking off my shoes reminded me of how God emptied His reputation and fully embraced our physical human form.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Philippians 2:5-8 MSG
His love for us is immeasurable. The price He paid can’t even be quantified.
A poem says just for us, rules were broken, protocols overlooked, and immortal became mortal.
We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
Romans 5:7-8 MSG
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.
John 3:16-17 MSG
Mankind was rotten to the core when Christ died their death, but He didn’t go through all that trouble of coming just to tell you how bad you are.
Christ came to restore you to your original identity; to show you who you really are. He came so you can have a whole and lasting life. Abba dearly loves you. He saw that you were worth the pain and effort so He came.
You are precious in His sight- worthy to die for, worthy to live for.
The Mary and Martha Mix | Olukokun K. Joseph
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Love always, Gem.