Let me ask you the question, "Is Charlie Sheen winning?" Is that the lifestyle that we should be pursuing? Because according this opinion, many, if not most of us, are-just to a lesser degree-because we have less opportunity.
In his famous book, Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice steps through a mirror in her living room to find a world where just like the image in the mirror everything backward. Everything is opposite the way things were in her world. She tries to move forward and she goes backward. She shifts left, but goes right. Up is down. Fast is slow. Everything is backward.
And really when Jesus comes to earth and starts talking about His kingdom we start to get the same idea. That this world that we live in has everything backwards. Our world is completely opposite from His kingdom.
In Christ's kingdom, to be loved, you must give love. To be exalted, you must be humble. To truly live, you must die to yourself. To save your life, you have to lose it. To be a leader, you must be a servant. To be greatest, you should be least. To be first, you must be last. The way up, is the way down.
Like jumping on a trampoline, the closer you get to the ground as you use your weight to the stretch the springs, the higher the trampoline will launch you- when those springs recoil.
This morning we saw Christ go from His preincarnate state of being equal with God the Father to be incarnated in the likeness of man-abandoning His rights and privileges as God. Veiling His glory. Taking on the form of a servant and dying on a despised cross.
There was nowhere to go but up. But He would rise again. This evening we're going to look at Christ's exaltation