Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 19: "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne"

          Wow, less than a week until Christmas. It's crunch time for real if you are a procrastinator (I am over-loader, not quite the same, but I still have plenty to do!) and this is the time when Jesus really gets pushed to the back burner in the hustle and bustle. This carol is the perfect remedy if you are wont to overlook the "Reason for the season" right now. This song is one of the few (perhaps the only, I haven't looked at every single one yet) that is by a woman. I couldn't find any information about it, but the lyrics really have a sensitive, feminine touch in the best of ways. The third verse is just stunning. Stop and take a few minutes to sing (or just read) this beautiful song. It will put your focus back where it belongs. Because if He could leave His throne for us, I think we can leave behind our busyness, stress and worry for Him. Sounds like a delightfully un-fair trade, right?

Lyrics: "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne"

The Baptist Hymnal (1991): #121

Questions for thought and discussion:
1. Christ gave up His rights so that we might have mercy that we in no way deserved. Why then do you think we are so loathe to give mercy to others? He hears the afflicted, the fatherless and the oppressed. How have you done that recently? If you haven't done that, how can you?

2. Christ became poor for us, physically, so that we might be rich spiritually. Yet, we often demand earthly abundance as our due. Is that Biblical? Why not? If we truly seek to emulate Christ, can we have wealth? (Please don't see read a "right" or "wrong" answer from my perspective. I am just hoping to ignite a spirit of searching for God's answers, not man's)

3. If you were Jesus, what would be the most difficult part of leaving your throne? Christ was 100% human, so I am sure there were moments when He remembered, and perhaps even missed or longed for, His heavenly home. Have you ever thought about that?

Looking for the printable? It's here. 

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