Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Deeper Meaning Behind

The fact in Jesus' life and teaching that He asked people not to talk about His miracles, even commanding the demons to keep quiet about His identity since they knew who He was (cf. Mk. 1:26; Mk. 1:34). This is consistent with His teachings on humility and that we are not to do our good deeds for the sake of outward show or giving impression otherwise we risk losing the heavenly reward (cf. Mt. 6:1-18). In fact He died the shameful death of the cross. We do not need to make propaganda of what numbers Christianity is now. Just look around without much hullabaloo. After all, humility is truth. And the important thing is our sincerity in searching for the truth. There is a German proverb that says: Die tat ist alles, Nichts der Ruhm (the deed is everything, the glory naught).

"If I may advise you in the name of Christ and if you can hear it as the voice of love; if we share the same spirit and are capable of mercy and compassion, then I beg of you make me very happy: have one love, one spirit, one feeling, do nothing through rivalry or vain conceit. On the contrary let each of you gently consider the others as more important than yourselves. Do not seek your own interest, but rather that of others. Let what was seen in Christ Jesus be seen in you. Though being divine in nature, he did not claim in fact equality with God, but emptied himself, taking on the nature of a servant, made in human likeness, and in his appearance found as a man. He humbled himself by being obedient to death, death on the cross. That is why God exalted him and gave him the Name which outshines all names, so that at the Name of Jesus all knees should bend in heaven, on earth and among the dead, and all tongues proclaim that Christ Jesus is the Lord to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:1-11).

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